A Paloma for Puebla

Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of us who live in the U.S.! For those of you living in Mexico, way to stick it to Napoleon! 🙂

Quick disclaimer: People in Mexico definitely do not celebrate May the 5th in any way resembling their northern neighbors in the U.S., and no. It’s not Mexican Independence Day (that’s in September). Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1892. Either way, Mexican food and drink are always tasty, so I say “¡Vive MĂ©xico!

While many of you will be imbibing on delicious margs this evening, I’m choosing to feature one of Mexico’s other favorite drinks: The Paloma. It could be argued that this is one that’s more often enjoyed by locals than margaritas, and I have an easy time seeing why. It’s light, refreshing and has the perfect amount of tart without the impending gut rot that can come from cheap margarita mix.



  • 2 oz tequila (I vote for a reposado, but blanco would also work)
  • 1.5 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit soda
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz agave nectar (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass, then top with another small splash of soda. Garnish with a lime, and enjoy!

¡Salud amigos !