It’s a shame that one of Mexico’s most popular cocktails doesn’t get more love outside its home. The Paloma is a refreshing tequila-based drink perfect for the summer. It’s a fine balance between sweet and tart while looking drop dead gorgeous, just seeing makes you lust for one. While the traditional Paloma is all fine and dandy, I like to add Campari for a touch of sophistication. Mix it in to round out the sweet/tartness and you’ll have yourself the perfect summer cocktail. It’s the lovechild of an Italian dad and Mexican mother, or something.


  • 2 oz of blanco tequila (We used Hornitos)
  • 1/2 oz of Campari
  • 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Soda water
  • Salt for rimming
  • Lime
  • Lotsa ice

COCKTAIL: Paloma Speaks Italian


  • Rim the glass with salt
  • Add tequila, Campari, lime juice, grapefruit juice and lots of ice
  • Stir that beauty up 30 seconds
  • Gently pour (float) the soda, leaving an inch of room
  • Add a slice of lime in the cocktail
  • Continue floating the soda until full

Make often and enjoy.

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