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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.

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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.  


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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 in its place it is generally substituted with fresh grapefruit juice and soda water.

If you do manage to find Jarritos, use that in place of the juice for an authentic Paloma. The last addition is the salt rim, which often made using pink Himalayan sea salt.


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Ingredients & Equipment


  • 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!



Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Paloma? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.

We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.

The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios. Please click the link below to be directed to their website where you will be able to browse a full calendar of dates and purchase redeemable vouchers.

 We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.

If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.