Riffs: The Paloma

The Margarita will always be a favorite among fans of tequila cocktails, but if you’re looking for another refreshing option that shows how well citrus and agave mix together, it’s time to turn your attention towards the Paloma. An effortless combination of tequila, lime and grapefruit, the classic Paloma holds its own in the world of great tequila drinks, and its simple framework has sparked countless riffs from bars around the world. Here are a few of our favorite variations.

Mezcal Ancho Paloma
A spicy, smoky take on a classic.

Morning Star
Pisco and thyme redefine the Paloma.

Paloma Italiano
The classic gets an Italian twist.

Palomish
A split base of mezcal and tequila, plus a piquant ghost pepper tincture, make for a fiery version.

Peach and Orange Paloma Punch
Add some extra sunshine to your next brunch with paloma punch.

Red Macaw
A refreshing highball with your choice of base spirit.

Tasteful Nudes
Rosemary and tequila perk up with Aperol and grapefruit.


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