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Some believe this cocktail is named after La Paloma (“The Dove”), a popular folk song composed in the early 1860s. Others say it was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of La Capilla, in Tequila, Mexico. However, bartender Evan Harrison was the first to introduce the Paloma to a U.S. audience in a cocktail pamphlet named, “Popular Cocktails of The Rio Grande,” referring to the region in Texas where mass grapefruit production gave the citrus fruit the title, “the pride of the Rio Grande Valley.” A combination of sweet, sour, and a little bitter, plus ice, bubbles, and alcohol; what’s not to like?

The cousin to the margarita, a Paloma, with the substitution of grapefruit makes this a fruity and refreshing cocktail. Give one a go, and if you make one at home, send an image over to us!

Cocktail Recipe

  • 1.5 oz tequila reposado

  • .5 oz fresh lime juice

  • .5 oz agave nectar

  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice

  • Splash of club soda or sparkling wine

  • Serve in an iced rocks glass

  • Garnish with a sugar rim and grapefruit wedge


  1. Add all ingredients except soda water/sparkling wine into a mixing tin and add ice.

  2. Shake all ingredients until the tin is chilled.

  3. Strain all ingredients into your iced rocks glass.

  4. Top with soda water or sparkling wine.

  5. Garnish with fresh or dehydrated fruit and sugar rim.

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