The Paloma cocktail is technically a mixed drink in that the traditional recipe only has two ingredients: tequila and Fresca (a grapefruit soda). That makes it basically the Mexican version of a rum and Coke or a vodka soda. However, today is Cinco de Mayo so I felt like it is the perfect time to upload this cocktail to the site.
As Fresca doesn’t exist where I live I figured I would make this a proper cocktail and add more than two ingredients. of course those extra ingredients were just grapefruit juice and soda water, so it’s kind of like asking for a bunch of lemons at a restaurant and using the sugar packets to make lemonade. I didn’t add any extra sugar to this drink, but you absolutely could if you wanted to sweeten it up a bit.
How To Make A Paloma Without Fresca
60 ml Tequila. I used Espolon Blanco, but that’s mainly because I like saving the bottles after I finish them for infusions and liqueurs.
120 ml Grapefruit Juice, freshly squeezed.
1 tbsp Sugar, white. (optional)
Soda Water. To fill the glass
In a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes add the tequila and grapefruit juice (and sugar if you are using it). Give a quick shake for about 15 seconds and pour into a collins glass filled with ice. Pour over soda water to the top and lightly mix with a straw. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and enjoy!
- Cocktail Shaker
- 60 ml Tequila Blanco
- 120 ml Grapefruit Juice freshly squeezed
- 1 tbsp Sugar white, optional
- Soda Water to fill the glass
- In a shaker with some ice add the tequila and grapefruit juice and sugar if you are using it. Give a good shake for about 15 seconds, then pour into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top up with soda water and give a quick stir with a straw. Enjoy!
La Paloma Cocktail
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