Mexico’s Favourite Cocktail…

You would be forgiven for thinking that Mexico’s preferred tequila-based cocktail was the Margarita. It is certainly the tequila drink of choice in the US, and probably in the UK too.

However, you would be mistaken – it seems that the top tequila tipple in Mexico is actually the Paloma, Spanish for ‘dove’.

The Paloma


Photograph by Steve Welch

  • 50ml Calle 23 Tequila
  • 50ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • Grapefruit Soda (I use Ting)

Fill a jam-jar with cubed ice, add tequila and lime juice, and then top up with Ting to taste. You can balance the tequila, lime and soda depending on whether you want a short and powerful cocktail, or a longer, more refreshing drink. The grapefruit lightens the cocktail, and stops it from becoming overly sweet.

What do you think? Do you trust Mexico to know how best to use their local spirit, or will you stick to a Margarita?

Whichever you prefer, remember to enjoy (responsibly) x

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