La Paloma

A cocktail with a lime wedge garnish and salt rim.
La Paloma is more than the margarita's grapefruit based cousin — it's a distinctive cocktail that many would argue deserves more mass uptake than it gets. Photo courtesy of Gage Hotel’s White Buffalo Bar.

The Paloma's origins are unclear, but it remains one of the most popular tequila cocktails in Mexico. This version comes to us from The White Buffalo Bar in Marathon, Texas, the heart of grapefruit country.


  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 4 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 3 ounces Topo Chico
  • 2 lime wedges


Salt the rim of the glass (some prefer to add a pinch of salt to the drink instead), then add the tequila, grapefruit juice and Topo Chico. Squeeze and add the lime wedges. Fill the glass with ice and stir.