The Paloma Cocktail

As the hot weather approaches, New Orleanais’s are always looking for heat relief. The likely suggestions are heading to the beach, an air conditioned restaurant, or a poolside paradise. But to cut the heat of the day some of us just look to a cool, refreshing beverage to take the sticky blues away. We go ahead and recommend a refreshing, thirst quenching cocktail. The Paloma Cocktail is definitely at the top of the list for curing what ails you in the heat and humidity, and it’s a beloved favorite in Mexico. This is a light, fruity drink with a great fizz and one of the smoothest tequila drinks you can mix up.


The Paloma Cocktal is easy to make.  All you need is grapefruit juice, tequila, and a splash of bubbly water. I have added St. Germaine (an elderberry liqueur) as a float of deliciousness, but it’s not required. I like to use a ruby-red grapefruit juice because it’s sweeter.  You can buy a bag of grapefruits at Costco for a reasonable price and I juice them with my citrus juicer. I like doing it myself because the juice is noticeably fresher and sweeter. You can use any tequila, but I like Hornitos tequila because it’s nice and smooth!

Traditionally, the Paloma Cocktail is served with a salted rim. To salt the rim of your glass, just run a wedge of lime around the edge and then dip it in salt.  The salt will stick to the limejuice and provide a nice savory contrast to the rather sweet cocktail.

When you’re ready to give up on a Margarita, go ahead and try a Paloma Cocktail. It’s a true classic in the tequila world, and countless drinkers agree that it’s one of the best. 

What You’ll Need for the Paloma Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • A float of St. Germaine
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Optional: salt for rimming
  • Optional: Lime or Grapefruit garnish






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