5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Paloma Cocktail

Want a taste of Mexico in a drink? Look no further than the Paloma.

Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or a curious novice, the Paloma cocktail is a delightful beverage that is sure to please your palate.

An easy mix of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda, the Paloma has an unforgettable taste that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated at beach parties, social gatherings, and at home when chilling by yourself. So grab a Paloma and embark on a refreshing journey of five facts you may not know about this iconic cocktail.

Paloma cocktail things to know
  1. “Paloma” Means “Dove” in Spanish

It isn’t just a drink, it’s a name for girls, too! The word “Paloma” is a Spanish name given to women and derived from the Latin word “palumbus,” or “dove”. Some also believe that the name “Paloma” is derived from the word “pomelo,” which is Spanish for grapefruit, which just so happens to be a key flavor in the drink!

  1. The Paloma Has Ties To Mexico

Because it was born on the shores of Mexico, the Paloma is a drink that can transport you to the bustling streets of Guadalajara or the sun-kissed beaches of Tulum with just one sip. Although the exact details of its origin are unclear, the drink is thought to have been created in  a bar in Tequila, Mexico, named La Capilla.  

  1. It’s Apparently More Popular Than The Margarita In Mexico

Mexico has an abundance of delicious cocktails, but the Paloma stands out over all of them! Although the Margarita is also another notable tequila-based drink that is iconic in its own right, locals order more Palomas in their neighborhood bars and restaurants.

  1. Mezcal Can Replace Tequila For A Smoky Twist

If you’re looking for a smokier twist on the citrusy Paloma, add some mezcal in lieu of tequila. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic drink made from any type of agave, giving it that charred taste.

The smokiness of the mezcal adds depth and complexity to the drink, while the grapefruit soda provides the sweetness. The lime juice helps to balance out the flavors and the salt rim adds a touch of salinity that complements the mezcal.

  1. No Need to Worry, The Paloma is a Low-Calorie Cocktail

For those looking for a low-calorie alternative when out drinking, try out the Paloma. You read that right! Despite its sweet taste, the secret to the cocktail’s low-calorie appeal lies in its choice of ingredients.

Tequila, which is low in calories, forms the foundation of the drink. Grapefruit soda, while typically containing sugar, can be substituted with calorie-free sparkling water or sugar-free grapefruit soda to further reduce the calorie count. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice provides a natural sweetness without adding excessive calories. Finally, the Paloma’s garnishes—a salt rim and lime wedge—contain few calories.

If you’d like to make your own Paloma, click here for the traditional recipe.

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