Master of Cocktails – The Paloma

Master of Cocktails The Paloma

It’s #MasterofCocktails time again folks! This week we’re putting together a supremely refreshing drink – one which you absolutely must try if you haven’t already.

A long drink made with tequila and grapefruit, god only knows why this isn’t more widely available to be honest. This week we’ll be making a Paloma. It’s a Mexican number that translates as the ‘dove’, all you really need to know though is that you want one. They’re yummy.

Master of Cocktails The Paloma ingredients

You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

We’re using Chamucos Blanco for this drink. Perfect, as it’s got powerful Pink Grapefruit notes.

Master of Cocktails Tequila Chamucos Blanco

So, we’re going to start with 60ml of this fabulous tequila please.

Master of Cocktails Tequila measure

Pop that into the glass you plan to serve in.

Master of Cocktails serving glass

To that we’re going to add 10ml of sugar syrup. You could use agave syrup if you prefer.

Master of Cocktails Monin Sugar Syrup

Next up – 10ml of freshly squeezed lime juice.

Master of Cocktails Lime juice

Followed by grapefruit juice. We’re going to use 90ml of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice.

Master of Cocktails Grapefruit juice

At this point, just take a sip and check for balance. It should be sweet and sharp.

Now we’re going to throw in a couple of handfuls of ice.

Master of Cocktails Ice

Top with approximately 100ml soda water. Be sure to pour slowly so as not to knock the fizz out.

Master of Cocktails club soda

Give it a very quick stir, but again do be careful not to knock the fizz out.

Master of Cocktails stir

Now we’re going to garnish with a lime wedge. Top tip – you’ll find it looks a lot prettier if you go across the cheek. First, cut the lime in half across the equator thus:

Master of Cocktails lime garnish

…and then take a wedge off of this (avoiding the core). Like so:

Master of Cocktails Lime wedge

Looks nicer, no? It’s the small touches.

So – pop this into the drink, and serve. The Paloma. Delicious.

Master of Cocktails The Paloma




Mixing one up at home? Send your pics to @MasterOfMalt, and remember you can mix along on twitter from 6pm every Sunday. Our friend Stephen here’s been at it again, top work!

Master of Cocktails @stephenhparsons Paloma

@stephenhparsons used Olmeca Altos Plata in his Paloma: “Big drink so split it into two. Excellent stuff!”

Next week we’ll be mixing up a classic rum cocktail, here are the ingredients we’ll be using (also pictured, a work in progress on the wall…):

Master of Cocktails Next Week

Next week, you’ll be needing these…
Havana Club Añejo 3 Year Old, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, Monin Orgeat Syrup, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries.


Categories : Cocktails, Tequila

3 comments on “Master of Cocktails – The Paloma”

  1. Johnny the Mule says:

    It’s a delicious drink. The name, however, has several meanings. First is, as you mention, dove. But it is also a woman’s first name, and in some Central American slangs it refers to a penis.

  2. the_mad_bartender says:

    Sorry guys, but this time you didn’t get it right! I lived in Mexico City for 3 years… key to a Paloma? The rim of the glass needs to be salted! Or there should be sea salt mixed into the drink. Cheers!

  3. Ooooooooh…


    I personally have little-to-no time for salt-rimming (pardon), but obviously support the rights of those who do.

    See my post on the Margarita here: where I talk about equal opportunites for those that like and those that don’t…

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