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The Paloma is a long tequila drink that has won itself fans all over the world. It’s easy drinking and the perfect sundowner for summer time. This cocktail combines tequila with Grapefruit juice, lime, and soda to make for a zesty, fruity, citrus forward, tequila cocktail.

Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, Agave Syrup, Soda.

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The Paloma is a deliciously fruity tequila drink, perfect for fans of agave spirits as well as being a good way to convert any sceptics.

Tequila drinks are often known for their strong, sometimes even savoury, flavour profiles, with tequila often being combined with salt to create a lip-smacking sour-and-salty cocktail.

The Paloma also features a salt rim, but the addition of sugar, soda water and grapefruit make this drink longer and smoother than its more famous cousin.

For those tequila enthusiasts who want a full range of tequila classics, no tequila menu would be complete without that most famous of tequila tipples; the Margarita.

If you’re planning a summertime bar hire and want to feature some other long, refreshing cocktails there are a huge range of high-ball style drinks, using whichever spirit takes your fancy.

For a long gin drink, try the Tom Collins, a classic mix of gin, lemon, sugar and soda, or for a great rum high-ball, there’s always the Dark & Stormy, a Caribbean-spiced combo of rum, lime, ginger beer and Angostura bitters.

For those who prefer their cocktails on the sweet side there are plenty of tequila drinks to suit all palates, for a sweeter take on the classic Margarita, there’s the Tommy’s Margarita, this cocktail leaves out the usual triple sec and sweetens the recipe up with some agave syrup, usually served on the rocks and without a salt rim this is a nice sweet-and-sour alternative to the tart and savoury classic recipe.

If you’re hoping to feature the Paloma on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks might go well with it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other tequila-based, summery or high-ball style cocktails from our list.


Not much is known about the origins of the Paloma but Difford’s guide states it was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of La Capilla, in Tequila, Mexico.

Myths & Legends

As it turns out, it’s the Paloma that is the most popular drink in Mexico, not the Margarita.

Not much is known about the origins of the Paloma but Difford’s Guide states it was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of La Capilla, in Tequila, Mexico. Paloma is the Spanish word for dove, so it could also be named after a famous folk song of the same name.

The Paloma is closely linked to the grapefruit soda, Jarritos. It’s not readily available so outside of Mexico it is generally substituted with fresh grapefruit juice and soda water.



Little is known about the historical origin of the Paloma, the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. Some believe that it is named after La Paloma (“The Dove”), the popular folk song composed in the early 1860s.

Ingredients & Equipment

Agave syrup is used to sweeten the Paloma and give a nod to the plants used in the tequila making process.

We recommend using a good, 100% agave tequila like Tapatio or Ocho Blanco, both made using the best ingredients in a time honoured and traditional way.


  • 50ml Tequila
  • 25ml Grapefruit Juice
  • 15ml Lime Juice
  • 10ml Agave  
  • Splash of Soda Water
  • Grapefruit Wedge to Garnish
  • Optional Salt Rim (the most well used salt for this is Himalayan salt)
  • Cubed Ice



  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • High-Ball Glass
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the tequila, grapefruit juice and agave syrup to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and a jigger to measure, Squeeze 15ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass to wet it
  • Dip the rim of the glass in your salt to give your glass a salt rim
  • Fill your glass with cubed ice
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer, strain your cocktail into the glass
  • Top with a splash of soda water
  • Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.