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spring hill ranch's paloma cocktail

Recipe by
Wiley P
Sierra Vista, AZ

Nobody seems to know the origin of the Paloma (Spanish for "dove"). The recipe was first mentioned in a pamphlet by Evan Harrison entitled "Popular Cocktails of the Rio Grande." Many authorities claim it is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico, and it is easy to see why.

yield 1 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For spring hill ranch's paloma cocktail

  • 1
    wedge of lime
  • 1 pinch
    kosher salt
  • ice
  • 2 oz
    blanco or reposada tequila (use only 100% agave tequila!)
  • 1 oz
    fresh grapefruit juice*
  • 1/2 oz
    simple syrup*
  • 1 oz
    chilled club soda*
  • * - these 3 items can be replaced by 6 ounces of a grapefruit-flavored soda, such as fresca®, squirt®, or jarritos®

How To Make spring hill ranch's paloma cocktail

  • 1
    If desired, rim a highball glass with the lime wedge and dust the outside of the rim with coarse salt. Do not get any salt inside the rim, as that could compromise the quality of the cocktail within.
  • 2
    Fill your highball glass with ice and squeeze, then drop, your lime wedge into it. Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and club soda. Stir twice. Note: If you are using bottled soda, simply add the tequila and top the glass off with the soda, then stir twice.