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The paloma (Spanish for "dove") is a tequila-based cocktail, most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Squirt and served on the rocks with a lime wedge. Optionally, the glass may also be rimmed with salt.

Left: Tequilas of various styles, primary alcohol in Paloma.

Alternatively, the grapefruit soda can be replaced with fresh white grapefruit juice (jugo de toronja) and either club soda and sugar, or a lemon-lime soda such as Sprite.

The paloma is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico.

Paloma Cocktail Ingredients

  • One part tequila
  • Three parts grapefruit soda

Preparation and Serving


Stir together and serve in a highball glass over ice, garnishes with a lime wedge.



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