The origin of this cocktail is unknown but thought to have originated after grapefruit soda was imported into Mexico. The original was simply lime juice, grapefruit soda “Squirt”, blanco tequila and a dash of salt.
Over the last several years the Paloma has been refined to include less sugary soda and more fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, lime juice, soda water or diet grapefruit soda and salt.
Ingredients & Directions
2 ounces blanco tequila
2 1/2 ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon agave
Splash of soda, Fresca, Squirt or your favorite grapefruit soda Pinch of salt
Rub a piece of lime around a quarter of the rim of a cocktail glass. Dip in salt or sugar or a combination.
Fill glass halfway with ice
In a cocktail shaker fill halfway with ice, add tequila, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar and a pinch of salt. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
Strain and pour over ice in cocktail glass, garnish with fresh or dried grapefruit wheel.
Dried Fruit wheels for garnish
To create your own dried grapefruit wheels, wash and dry grapefruit. Slice 1/4 inch thick and put on a wire rack or parchment paper.
Preheat oven to its lowest setting (170 degrees)
Place in oven for 4-5 hours. Remove from oven and turn each slice over one time at the 2 hour mark. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in airtight container. You can do this with any citrus fruit. It is a very forgiving recipe.