The Heart of Ardent

The Heart of Ardent: La Paloma Fresh

If you’re a Margarita fan, then you’ve probably enjoyed a Paloma at some point, and if you’ve never tried one, here’s your chance.

It’s said by some to be Mexico’s most popular tequila drink — though personally I think tequila is Mexico’s most popular tequila drink.

The Paloma typically consists of tequila and grapefruit soda. It’s served on rocks with a lime garnish.

La Paloma means ‘the dove’, and though I don’t know why this drink has that title, I admit I love a fresh juice or jugo fresca spin on it.
Instead of grapefruit soda, it’s made with fresh grapefruit juice and club soda.

The resulting cocktail is delicious, and when I first tried it I couldn’t help but wonder why it’s not commonly on menus as a brunch cocktail. I love grapefruit juice early in the day. It’s tart, refreshing, and in this drink, perfectly balanced with its other ingredients.

Enjoy the recipe for this addictive beverage…



2 oz tequila blanco/silver
Juice of half a lime (or as much as a couple ounces)
3 oz grapefruit juice – preferably the pink or ruby red variety
a Dash of simple syrup
3 oz chilled soda
*kosher/sea salt

Lime wedge or wheel, for garnish


Rub a lime wedge round the rim of the glass to moisten it and rim it with *salt. If you don’t want to rim it, just take a pinch of salt and toss it in the glass.

Combine the tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit juice (and pinch of *salt if you’re not rimming) in a tall glass.
Add ice, top off with soda, and stir.
Serve with a lime wedge or wheel garnish.

If you don’t have or don’t want to make/use simple syrup, or are low on grapefruit juice, you can use sweet flavored soda as an alternative, like Mexican Jarritos brand grapefruit or lime flavor topped with grapefruit juice, but anything like that will work, even, lemon-lime soda with a float of grapefruit juice on top.

Sigh. Salt… Some prefer the *salt on the rim of the glass, but as I said, you can just toss in a pinch. Some people like to avoid salt entirely. Unless your diet demands it though, don’t eliminate it from this drink – it enhances the sweet and the tart of the grapefruit.

You can multiply the amounts to make in a pitcher for brunch.

Happy Día de la Revolución en México!

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