Thursday, 20 June 2013



The Paloma is a refreshing cocktail of tequila, lime, salt and grapefruit soda.

  • 1 measure of Tequila.
  • Juice of a key lime.
  • A good pinch of salt.
  • Top off with grapefruit soda.
  • Serve over ice in a tall glass.
Simple! Mostly, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Firstly many recipes suggest a reposado tequila, but a blanco is more suitable for a drink like this. The second thing is to remember not to be miserly with the salt, a good pinch is necessary and the drink is far more refreshing with it.

Finally the grapefruit soda, Squirt is the most common brand here in Mexico, but I'm not aware of any brand widely available in Ireland, so some substitution would have to be made. I used to drink a shandy of Club Lemon and 7Up which is I think about as close as you are going to get without finding a bottle of Squirt. The other alternative would be to use fresh grapefruit juice and some sparkling water.

The combination of sour and slightly salty in a lot of the drinks here was very alien to me at first. The very notion of a Michelada (more about those later!) was repulsive, but it's a taste one grows very fond of very quickly.

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