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Simple Cocktails: The Paloma

I love a simple cocktail. As fun as it is to sip on concoctions that combine countless ingredients and has an impressive presentation, when it comes to creating something in my home, I prefer simplicity.

Paloma recipe

Would you believe me if I told you I’d never tried a Paloma until a few weeks ago? Why did it take me so long?!!??! The name itself sounds so refreshing and lovely (Paloma means “dove” in Spanish, apparently), and the ingredients are all ones I enjoy.

Paloma recipe

What I love about a Paloma is that it reminds you slightly of drinking a margarita (because of the tequila and citrus soda), but does not require as much time to whip one up. No wonder it’s a popular drink in Mexico. Plus, I absolutely adore Fresca (I grew up drinking it: Fresca has a special place in my heart and in my fridge)…so any new way to enjoy this soda is a-OK with me! Personally, I like using a blanco tequila in my Paloma (the ones that are clear in color and are not aged), but you could use whatever type you have in your home.

Now – on to the weekend! Personally, I’ll be spending it rubbing elbows with some fabulous food bloggers at the Food Blog Forum. Cheers to a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Have you tried a Paloma before? What is your favorite tequila-based cocktail?

Paloma recipe


*makes 1 cocktail*


Simple Cocktails: The Paloma
  • 1 oz blanco tequila
  • 4oz Fresca
  • 1tbsp lime juice (approx - ¼ lime)
  • Ice
  • Sea salt (optional)
  1. Add ice cubes to a highball glass (about ¾ of the way full). Pour tequila and lime juice to the glass, then top with Fresca.
  2. Gently stir to combine, then garnish with another lime wedge, and (if desired) a pinch of sea salt). Enjoy!



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