The Paloma cocktail is another perfectly refreshing but not terribly distinctive drink in the summer thirst-quencher category. For me it lacks acid; it’s just not sour enough to stand up to all that soda and ice, so you’re left with a fairly muted taste. The bartenders at Death & Co. must have thought the same thing, because typically you don’t find lime juice in this spec at all, or if you do it’s less than there is here, but even at a full half ounce it doesn’t have that bite I want. To be fair though, I always find grapefruits to be an inconsistent fruit; you can never rely on the acidity in each fruit.
I’d rather drink this version of the Paloma than others I’ve seen, but it’s still a fairly meh cocktail in my view. Can’t say I’ll revisit this one anytime soon.
Rating: 3 / 5
Paloma Cocktail (adapted from Death & Co.)
- 1/2 Lime
- 2 oz Blanco Tequila (El Tesoro Platinum)
- 1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- Grapefruit Soda (San Pellegrino Pompelo)
Rim a highball with kosher salt and set aside. Squeeze the lime into a shaker and drop the shell in while you’re at it. Add the other ingredients (except the soda) and briefly shake until just incorporated and chilled down. Strain into the prepared highball glass and fill with ice cubes. Top with the grapefruit soda and garnish with a lime wheel.