“Frieday” Fact: La Paloma

In the US, margaritas drive us wild, and for good reason–agave and lime go together like peanut butter and jelly.

But what is the most popular cocktail in Mexico? Chances are you may not have run across the refreshing combination of grapefruit soda, Tequila and lime that our southern neighbors call ‘La Paloma’, or ‘The Dove’. Usually made using Squirt, La Paloma is said to have been invented at ‘La Capilla’ (The Chapel), an awesome little bar just down the street from Tres Agaves’ own distillery in the town of Tequila.

It may be small, but La Capilla and its nearly 90 year old proprietor Don Javier Delgado Corona are a prolific bunch–check out the previous Tres Agaves Life post on ‘La Batanga’, another of Don Javier’s creations.

Here’s the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge’s recipe for La Paloma

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce limejuice
  • 2 ounces grapefruit soda
  • lime wedge garnish
  • Preparation: Build in Collins glass with ice and add tequila and lime juice. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with half grapefruit wheel.