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Paloma Cooler

Less expected than a margarita but just as easy to make, our Paloma cooler is lively and laid-back at the same time. It gets its light, bubbly flavor from Mexican soda (which is also great on its own) and a platinum tequila. The "drunken lime" floater is a cored-out half lime filled with a shot of reposado tequila.

  • Yield: Makes one 10-ounce drink
Paloma Cooler

Photography: MIKKEL VANG

Source: Blueprint, July/August 2007


  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish
  • Coarse salt, for rim
  • Ice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 ounce platinum tequila
  • 1 bottle Mexican grapefruit soda


  1. Rub rim of a highball glass with lime wedge; invert glass in a small dish of coarse salt, twisting to coat rim. Fill glass halfway with ice, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and 1 ounce platinum tequila, then top with Mexican grapefruit soda. Stir. Place cored-out lime half in drink and fill with tequila (try a reposado for added flavor).


Reviews (4)

  • TULIPAN 1 Oct, 2008

    I am mexican and I can tell you for sure that the best flavor for this drink is given by the "Del Valle" grapefruit soda. Try it!!! Its absolutely delicious.

  • winebrat 31 Aug, 2008

    This drink is fantastic! My friends thought I was genius when I served it at Cinco de Mayo. Love the lime- and be a little generous with the tequila!

  • npsmith 6 May, 2008

    Really tasty and refreshing. I think fresca tastes funky, so I used Jarritos brand Toronja (Grapefruit) soda that I bought at a latin market. I ignored the proportions on the recipe since I bough a big bottle of soda and mixed it like I would any other simple drink (e.g. gin

  • jessicagulish 28 Apr, 2008

    The Paloma drink is popular all over Guadalajara, where I just came back from. The Mexican Grapefruit soda is Fresca the popular no calorie soda in the U.S. They didn't use the cored-out lime bit. They use your tequila of choice, we preferred the reposado. To make salt rim a glass, fill with ice, pour a shot (or two) of 100% agave tequila of your choice, fill the rest with Fresca, squeeze 2 -3 fresh limes into the drink. Also, this is a lot lower in calories then a regular margarita.

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