It’s Time to Dump Your Margarita for a Paloma Cocktail

Tequila and lime is a classic combination. Like a blue chip stock in a volatile market, it’s a safe and reliable choice. But while margaritas will pay out dividends all summer long—it’s America’s most popular cocktail for a reason, after all—we recommend diversifying your tequila drink portfolio. There’s a new tequila-and-citrus-based drink. You have a chance to get in on the ground floor.

Meet the La Paloma, the official drink of Mexico and a perfect summertime refreshment. Originally simply tequila, grapefruit soda and a squeeze of lime, many 2019 versions swap out the soda for fresh grapefruit juice. It’s popping up on cocktail menus today thanks to the recent uptick in tequila consumption here in the States and our palates’ inevitable expansion past the spirit’s obvious lime juice and Cointreau amplifiers.

“America is having a love affair with agave,” Mark Daoust, Cenote Tequila Agave Ambassador recently said. “The Paloma is gaining popularity because it is refreshing, crisp and complex, yet incredibly easy to make at home.” To prove Daoust’s point, Cenote is launching the first World Paloma Day on May 22 and the ambassador shared three recipes we’re passing along to you.

The Cenote Paloma
1.5 oz Cenote Blanco
6 oz Jarritos Grapefruit Soda
.5 oz lime juice

If you like, salt-rim a highball glass before building the cocktail within over ice. Stir to mix.

Spicy Cenote Paloma
1.5 oz Cenote Blanco
.5 oz Ancho Reyes
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
.5 fresh lime juice
.5 serrano pepper-infused agave syrup
1-2 oz Topo Chico

Build over ice in a chili powder-rimmed cantarito or mug and top with Topo Chico.

The Cenote Paloma Spritz
1 oz Cenote Blanco
.5 oz agave syrup
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 dash grapefruit pitters
1-2 oz prosecco

Build in chalice or glass over ice, top with prosecco and garnish with a grapefruit wheel.