The Paloma is a beloved classic cocktail that originated in Mexico and has gained popularity worldwide for its refreshing and zesty flavors. Traditionally made with grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice, the Paloma is the perfect summer sipper that packs a delightful punch. But what if we add a fruity twist to this beloved cocktail? Enter the Raspberry Paloma – a vibrant and luscious variation that combines the tangy sweetness of raspberries with the zesty goodness of the classic Paloma.
The Paloma’s Heritage:
The Paloma is a cherished Mexican cocktail that has been enjoyed for generations. In Mexico, it is a popular drink that often graces the tables during fiestas and gatherings. The name “Paloma” translates to “dove” in Spanish, and some believe the cocktail was named after a popular folk song of the same name.
Made with tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda or juice, the Paloma delivers a perfect balance of sweet, tart, and bubbly. Its light and refreshing profile makes it a preferred choice during warm Mexican summers and beyond.
Ingredients you’ll need to make a Raspberry paloma.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: In a cocktail shaker, muddle the fresh raspberries to release their juices. Add the tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
Step 2: Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice.
Step 3: Top up the glass with grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice until it reaches your desired level of sweetness and tartness. Gently stir the cocktail to combine the ingredients. Garnish your Raspberry Paloma with a lime wheel and a few fresh raspberries.
- Fresh Raspberries: For the best flavor and color, use fresh raspberries in your Raspberry Paloma. Frozen raspberries can also be used, but be sure to thaw them before muddling.
- Simple Syrup: Simple syrup adds sweetness to the cocktail without altering its flavors. Adjust the amount of simple syrup according to your taste preference. To make simple syrup, mix equal parts of sugar and water and heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Grapefruit Soda or Juice: Traditionally, Palomas are made with grapefruit soda, such as Squirt or Jarritos. However, if grapefruit soda is unavailable, you can use grapefruit juice with a splash of soda water for the fizzy effect.
- Rimmed Glass: To add an extra layer of flavor and presentation, you can rim the glass with a mix of salt and sugar or a chili-lime seasoning blend.
- Tequila Selection: Opt for high-quality tequila for a smoother and more enjoyable cocktail. Silver or blanco tequila works best for its clean and unaged flavor profile.
- Make It a Mocktail: For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the tequila and double the amount of grapefruit soda or juice. You’ll still enjoy a refreshing Raspberry Paloma without the alcohol content.
- 2 ounces tequila (silver or blanco)
- 1/2-ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2-ounce simple syrup (adjust to taste)
- 4-5 fresh raspberries
- Grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice
- Ice cubes
- Lime wheel and fresh raspberries for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the fresh raspberries to release their juices.
- Add the tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice.
- Top up the glass with grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice until it reaches your desired level of sweetness and tartness.
- Gently stir the cocktail to combine the ingredients.
- Garnish your Raspberry Paloma with a lime wheel and a few fresh raspberries.