The History of the Paloma and How to Make One

The History of the Paloma and How to Make One

If you're a fan of tequila and grapefruit, then you're sure to love the Paloma. This refreshing cocktail is a staple of Mexican bars and restaurants, and it's a perfect drink for hot summer days. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the history of the Paloma and give you a step-by-step guide for how to make this classic cocktail at home.

The History of the Paloma

The Paloma is a relatively modern cocktail, with a history that can be traced back to the 1950s in Mexico. While the exact origins of the drink are unclear, most historians believe that it was created as a way to make tequila more accessible to a wider audience. At the time, many people found tequila to be too harsh and intimidating, so bartenders began mixing it with grapefruit soda to create a more approachable cocktail.

Over time, the Paloma became a staple of Mexican bars and restaurants, and it's now one of the country's most popular cocktails. In fact, it's so beloved that in 2020, the Mexican government declared the Paloma to be the country's national cocktail.

How to Make a Paloma

Now that you know a little bit about the history of the Paloma, let's dive into how to make this delicious cocktail at home. Here's what you'll need:

- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 4 oz. grapefruit soda (such as Squirt or Jarritos)
- Salt for rimming the glass (optional)
- Lime wedge for garnish


1. Rim your glass with salt (optional): If you like a salt rim on your Paloma, rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip it in your cocktail rimmer with salt.

2. Add ice to the glass: Fill a highball glass with ice.

3. Add tequila and lime juice: Pour the tequila and lime juice over the ice and stir briefly.

4. Top with grapefruit soda: Add the grapefruit soda to the glass and stir gently.

5. Garnish and serve: Add a lime wedge to the rim of the glass and serve immediately.

Variations on the Paloma

While the classic Paloma recipe is delicious on its own, there are plenty of ways to mix it up and create your own variations on this popular cocktail. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

- Spicy Paloma: Add a few slices of jalapeño to the cocktail shaker before shaking, or rim the glass with a mix of salt and chili powder.
- Grapefruit Paloma: For an extra burst of grapefruit flavor, add a few drops of grapefruit bitters to the cocktail shaker.
- Mezcal Paloma: Swap out the tequila for mezcal, a smoky Mexican spirit that pairs well with grapefruit.


The Paloma is a classic cocktail with a fascinating history and a delicious flavor profile. Whether you're sipping one at a Mexican beach bar or making one at home, this drink is sure to transport you to a warm, sunny place. So next time you're in the mood for something refreshing and easy to drink, give the Paloma a try!
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