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An Easy Summer Cocktail: The Paloma

An Easy Summer Cocktail: The Paloma

Margaritas are a go-to cocktail in the summer but sometimes they can be a bit too sweet, or too strong, for their own good. That’s why I love this slightly more refreshing alternative: The Paloma. A well-known, well-loved cocktail in Mexico, the Paloma (Spanish for “dove”) is made with fresh grapefruit juice, lime, club soda, honey (in lieu of sugar), and either tequila or mezcal. Just like a margarita, it’s the ideal complement to fresh fish tacos and other light-but-spicy summer fare.

I love the casual charm of a rounded tumbler glass, but you could serve the Paloma in a classic highball as well. I recommend making a batch without tequila or mezcal for any non-drinkers or kids in the group. This drink is delicious with or without alcohol, and it’s always nice to include everyone in the fun! XXJKE


Photos: Sarah Elliott


Paloma Cocktail Recipe

  • Servings: 1 serving
  • Units:
  • Course: Drinks


  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 wedge grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup 59 ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup 59 ml tequila
  • 1/4 cup 59 ml club soda

Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in mescal, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.