How to Make a Paloma Drink (The Dove)

A marriage of my two favorite things: fresh grapefruit and tequila.

As much as I love a great margarita – when it is 100 degrees here on my farm I turn to a true Mexican treat – the Paloma. With very few simple and fresh ingredients you too can mix up this classic tequila cocktail. Here in Southern California we are blessed with great weather and here at Bulldog Farms we have some really nice citrus trees. The bulldogs are always happy to join me as I walk to the citrus grove for a handful of fresh limes and grapefruits right off the trees.


La Paloma Recipe

Difford’s Guide states the Paloma was invented by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona, bartender at the legendary La Capilla in Tequila, Mexico. What I like about this classic cocktail is the balance of both the tartness of the fresh grapefruit and the smoothness of a great tequila. Enjoy this recipe from one of my favorite master mixologists, Manny Hinojosa.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila Cazadores
  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Monin agave
  • Top with club soda
  • Pinch of salt


In a mixing glass, combine all the ingredients with ice, except soda. Shake and serve, top with soda.


  • Grapefruit and lime

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