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, turn your attention toward the Paloma. Its effortless combination of tequila, lime, and grapefruit 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.

Feeling Without Touching The Paloma gets a bold touch with the addition of arrack and orgeat.

Hibiscus Paloma Hibiscus syrup gussies up the classic Paloma in this riff by Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge in Vegas.

L’Auberge Espagnol A crisp, fruity rosé takes the lead in this Paloma riff, making for an easy-drinking summer cocktail.

Mezcal Ancho Paloma When mezcal and Ancho Reyes come into play instead of tequila, the classic cocktail takes on new layers of smoke and spice.

Paloma Italiano The classic gets an Italian twist in this summery riff.

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.

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

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