Mexican Cocktails: The Paloma


60ml (2 oz.) Tequila blanco
15ml (half oz.) Agave syrup
15ml (half oz.) Lime juice
60ml (2 oz.) Pink grapefruit juice
Soda water

To garnish

sea salt
pink grapefruit segment
lime wheel

How to prepare

Dip the rim of a tall glass in a bowl of water, shake off the excess, then sprinkle a spoonful of salt onto a plate or saucer and dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim.


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the ingredients minus the soda water. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels colder, then strain into a glass. Add a few fresh ice cubes and top with soda water. Garnish with the segment of grapefruit or lime wheel.

The Paloma Facts & Figures – Loved in California during the Pandemic

According to the latest Google Trends research, March 2020 to March 2021, people used cocktails to cheer themselves up during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those locked down at home, searched Google for “Paloma”, “Paloma cocktail”, and other cocktails that you can easily make at home, and the number of such searches massively increased in the USA over the past year.

Out of all of the 50 American states, one state favored the Paloma above all other cocktails. This classic Mexican cocktail made with grapefruit juice and tequila was found to be the most popular with stay at home drinkers of California.

In the early months of the pandemic, March to May 2020, the Paloma was the cocktail of choice in Arizona, California, and Texas, all states that border Mexico, reflecting Mexican influence and the drink’s origins in the Tequila region.

However, only California stuck with the drink. As the months went on both Arizona and Texas ditched the Paloma. In the case of Arizona, they ditched it in favour of the simple Jack and Coke. Texas went for the Margarita.

Why is the drink called a Paloma?

Some believe that it’s named after las palomas, the doves, that flocked around the La Capilla bar, in the 1950s, when the drink was created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, legendary owner and bartender at the La Capilla, in Tequila, Mexico.

Best Tequila for Paloma?

We chose Cazadores Tequila Blanco.