How To Make A Paloma
When most Americans think of classic, tequila-based Mexican cocktails, it’s unlikely that the Paloma will be the first one they think of. Instead, they’re much more likely to gravitate towards the Margarita, which has garnered mass popularity north of the border. Still, the Paloma holds its own as a certified classic.
A simple build of blanco tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda (Squirt, if you can find it), and a pinch of salt, the Paloma is citrusy, effervescent, and wildly refreshing. Its carbonation is the key, as the bubbles help to fuse all of the drink’s components and provide a lighter mouthfeel than, say, a Margarita. And just like the Marg, feel free to experiment with mezcal for added charred notes and complexity.