How to Make a Paloma Cocktail

How to Make a Paloma Cocktail

With only three ingredients and no fancy techniques, everyone should know how to make a Paloma!

Paloma” is the Spanish word for “dove, and some believe that the Paloma cocktail was named after La Paloma (“The Dove”), the popular folk song composed in the early 1860s. 

There are many variations of this classic tequila cocktail and my favorite will forever and always be this classic Paloma recipe. It’s made with just three easy ingredients and you can make it as strong as you want it to be.  

This guide explains what is a Paloma, history, and how to make a Paloma cocktail. So if you’re craving a stellar cocktail to cool off during these hot summer days, here’s the best Paloma recipe that I always use!

What is a Paloma drink?

When most people think of Mexican cocktails, the margarita is likely the first drink to come to mind. Although I love the classic margarita, Paloma is one of my favorite drinks!

When biter, sweet and salty flavors collide, and each is tamed just enough for a perfectly balanced, delightfully sippable tequila drink then the Paloma is born. This three-ingredient grapefruit tequila cocktail is served on the rocks.

The best types of Tequila to use Blanco or Silver Tequila or Mezcal.

How to Make a Paloma Cocktail 

Paloma is prepared by mixing tequila, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit-flavored soda.

How to Make a Paloma Cocktail 

Spicy Paloma Cocktail

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes


  • 1 freshly squeezed Grapefruit
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lime
  • 50ml Blanco or Silver Tequila
  • 1 cup of Soda Water
  • 1 teaspoon of Simple syrup or agave nectar or honey
  • Kosher salt: if you would like to salt the rims of your glasses
  • 1 thinly sliced serrano chili


  1. Prepare your cocktail glass: Pour the kosher salt onto a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and roll the edge of the glass onto the salt.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup or agave nectar or honey. Shake to combine all ingredients.
  3. Pour the cocktail into the prepared glass. Top with soda water to your preference and garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Serve immediately.


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