The paloma (Spanish for “dove”), also known as “the working man’s drink”, is a tequila-based cocktail. This drink is most commonly prepared by mixing tequila, lime juice,[1] and a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos and served on the rocks with a lime wedge. Adding salt to the rim of the glass is also an option.

This drink is very easy to prepare, it can even be found in soda cans. This drink is very popular all over Mexico.

Alternatively, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh white or red grapefruit juice (jugo de toronja), club soda (sugar optional), and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

A simple Paloma is a two-ingredient cocktail consisting only of tequila and grapefruit-flavored soda.[2] A more complex variant of the Paloma is the cantarito, which in addition to lime juice, also has lemon juice and orange juice.[3]

The Paloma is more flavorful than its closest relative, the Greyhound,[4] which consists of grapefruit juice and either gin or vodka mixed and served over ice.

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    40 ml | 1 1/3 oz | 1 parts | 8/9 jiggers


    120 ml | 3 oz | 3 parts | 2 2/3 jiggers


  1. Lime Wedge


Stir together and serve over ice.

Alcohol: Tequila

Mix: Grapefruit Soda

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Drinkware: Highball Glass

Served: On the rocks; poured over ice


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