Paloma the National Drink of our Neighbor Mexico

The Paloma is the national drink of our neighbor Mexico. There is no debate that this tart, salty, sweet cocktail is the perfect summertime drink to quench your thirst perfectly in a hot climate and Texas gets plenty hot!

There is some debate over the most popular mixed drink or cocktail in the state of Texas. Tequila is the winner with regard to the popular choice of liquor, hands down. However, the debate continues over the Paloma or ever-popular Margarita.

Truest will insist that the cocktail with roots from Mexico is the winner while others will vote for the Margarita frozen or not.


Paloma Ingredients & Directions


Paloma – Ingredient List

  • Sea salt, Optional
  • Ice
  • 1 grapefruit wedge, and 1 lime wedge, for garnish
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or sweetener of choice to taste (optional)
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 chilled club soda or grapefruit soda (can omit sugar if using sweetened grapefruit soda)

grapefruit and juice


Step 1

Slice lime and grapefruit wedges.


Step 2

Rub the rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim of the glass in salt.


Step 3

Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in a glass; stir until sugar is dissolved.


Step 4

Stir in the tequila or mescal, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit and lime wedge.


That’s it! You now have a perfect Drink.


Many will insist that grapefruit soda, Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos Grapefruit soda are best with no grapefruit juice.

To be honest, I like it both ways, especially with the Jarritos Grapefruit soda in addition to a generous splash of fresh grapefruit juice.

Jarritos is made with 100% sugar, no caffeine, or high fructose corn syrup. It is also gluten-free and made in Mexico.

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National Tequila Day is on July 24th.

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Where did the Paloma originate?

The Paloma is a traditional tequila-based cocktail from Mexico. It’s said to have originated in the region of Tequila, Mexico, or Toma, Mexico, or possibly the city of Tequila, Jalisco around the 1950s. It was created as a tequila-based alternative to the classic margarita and quickly gained popularity throughout Mexico and Texas.

What does Paloma mean in Spanish?

Paloma is the Spanish word for dove. Some believe the Paloma drink has ties to the popular folksong of Mexico called La Paloma ‘the dove’.

What is a Paloma?

A Paloma is a mixed drink that originated in Mexico made of tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and club soda.

Kay Keeton, Ed.

Editor in Chief, Kay Keeton - Texas Lifestyle Expert. Kay is a designer turned author, marketer, storyteller, and influencer. A sixth-generation Texan, Kay is both an authority as well as being passionate about sharing her home state of Texas's diverse culture and lifestyle. Kay is a content writer and editor of content for various local and national online publications.

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