Paloma (cocktail)

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IBA official cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Standard garnishlime slice
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified
  • 50ml 100% agave tequila
  • 5ml fresh lime juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 100ml pink grapefruit soda
PreparationPour tequila into highball glass. Squeeze lime juice. Add ice and salt, then top with soda and stir gently.

The paloma (Spanish for "dove") is a tequila-based cocktail. This drink is most commonly prepared by mixing tequila, lime juice,[1] and a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos and served on the rocks with a lime wedge. Adding salt to the rim of the glass is also an option.

Alternatively, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh white or red grapefruit juice (jugo de toronja), club soda (sugar optional), and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

A simple Paloma is a two-ingredient cocktail consisting only of tequila and grapefruit-flavored soda.[2] A more complex variant of the Paloma is the cantarito, which in addition to lime juice, also has lemon juice and orange juice.[3]

The Paloma is more flavorful than its closest relative, the Greyhound,[4] which consists of grapefruit juice and either gin or vodka mixed and served over ice.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Paloma".
  2. ^ Cahn, Lauren. "2-Ingredient Cocktails You'll Want to Memorize".
  3. ^ "The Cantarito Is the Most Refreshing Tequila Cocktail".
  4. ^ "Paloma". Supercall. June 27, 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Paloma, The Washington Post, August 20, 2008