A paloma is a refreshing, classic Mexican cocktail. Some people call it a margarita, some don’t; I think it depends where you’re from. I’ve also heard it called a paloma tequila.”  Traditionally, it has tequila in it, and is part of the margarita family, but if you’re not a drinker you can leave the tequila out for a homemade grapefruit soda—or I suppose you could call it a toronjada.”

How to make a paloma cocktail, a classy Mexican grapefrult margarita. Recipe via

The drink is often made with grapefruit-flavored soda such as Jarritos de toronja or Peñafiel toronja or even Squirt or Fresca, but I also like to make the classic recipe with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and agua mineral (sparkling water) for a little fizz.


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