Pink Paloma, Mexico’s Most Beloved Cocktail
A pink paloma is a truly fabulous drink and thankfully I found it. Very little is actually known about the true historical origins of this tequila-based Mexican favorite, but it is a great, refreshing alternative to a margarita. Whether you are a tequila lover or not, a pink paloma is a sweet, sour, salty, slightly bitter cocktail that is delicious, classy and sure to please any dinner guest.
What makes this pink paloma recipe pop is the unexpected addition of grapefruit soda. I prefer to use Izzy’s sparkling grapefruit juice, but other brands will work just fine. Some recipes call for Fresca, Squirt or Jarritos, but to me that makes a different drink all together. Bubbly grapefruit soda mixed with fresh grapefruit and lime juice elevates this drink to a different level making it a new favorite of mine. I do love a pretty drink and a pink paloma is absolutely lovely, plus it is packed with flavor so it can hold up to any strong flavorful foods you may be serving. So, if you are a tequila fan or just looking for a fun easy specialty drink for entertaining, this pink paloma recipe is sure to please.
Recipe: Pink Paloma
- 2 ounces good quality tequila
- 2 1/2 ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon agave
- splash of Izzy's sparkling pink grapefruit juice
- slice of grapefruit or lime, for garnish
- Step 1 Place some kosher salt on a small plate. Using a slice of lime, wet the rim of a low-ball glass with the lime. Dip the glass in the salt to adhere. Set aside.
- Step 2 Place the tequila, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave in a cocktail shaker. Add a good amount of ice and shake vigorously.
- Step 3 Place a few additional ice cubes in the prepared glass. Strain tequila mixture into the glass. garnish with a slice of grapefruit, lime or both.