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Master of Cocktails - The Paloma

by Ben Ellefsen     3. March 2014 13:01

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

  • 60ml Tequila Chamucos Blanco
  • 90ml Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 10ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 10ml Monin Sugar Syrup
  • 100ml Soda Water/Club Soda
  • Lime Wedge (Garnish)
  • 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.


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    Categories : Cocktails | Tequila

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    Comments (3) -

    3/3/2014 5:59:23 PM #

    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.

    Johnny the Mule United States

    3/7/2014 12:23:46 PM #

    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!

    the_mad_bartender Germany

    3/7/2014 10:30:21 PM #



    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...

    Ben @ Master of Malt United Kingdom

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