The History of the Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma cocktail, a staple in Mexican culture, the story we heard traces its origins back to the 1950s. It was created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, the owner of the renowned La Capilla bar in Jalisco, Mexico. The name “Paloma” translates to “the dove” in Spanish and is inspired by the popular Mexican folk song “La Paloma.” This cocktail has since become internationally famous for its refreshing taste and straightforward ingredients.

Why Choose Hermosa Organic Tequila?

Hermosa Organic Tequila is the perfect choice for your Paloma cocktail. This tequila is USDA certified organic, meaning it is produced without the use of harsh chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. By choosing Hermosa Organic Tequila, you are not only enhancing the flavor of your drink but also supporting sustainable farming practices. This commitment to purity and quality ensures that every sip of your Paloma is both delicious and environmentally friendly.

The Importance of Using USDA Certified Organic Ingredients

Using USDA certified organic ingredients in your Paloma cocktail guarantees that you are consuming products free from harmful chemicals and synthetic additives. Organic farming promotes environmental sustainability and biodiversity, contributing to healthier ecosystems. Additionally, organic ingredients often boast superior taste and nutritional value, making your cocktails not only tasty but also better for your health.

Avoiding Harmful Chemicals

Conventional farming methods often rely on a variety of chemicals to increase yield and reduce pests. These include pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers, which can leave residues on produce. By opting for USDA certified organic ingredients, you avoid these harmful substances. This is particularly important for ingredients like grapefruit and limes, which are used in the Paloma cocktail and can absorb these chemicals through their skins.

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture

Organic farming practices prioritize the health of the soil, water, and air, promoting biodiversity and reducing pollution. By choosing organic ingredients, you support farming methods that are better for the environment and contribute to the long-term sustainability of our food systems.

The Perfect Paloma Recipe


  • Tequila: 2 ounces USDA Certified Organic Hermosa Blanco Tequila
  • Grapefruit Juice: 2 ounces USDA Certified Organic Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
  • Lime Juice: 1 ounce USDA Certified Organic Freshly Sueezed Lime Juice
  • Sweetener: 0.5 ounce USDA Certified Organic Agave Nectar (Optional)
  • Club Soda: Top Up With Club Soda Or Sparkling Water
  • Salt: For Rimming The Glass (Optional)
  • Ice: To Fill The Glass
  • Garnish: USDA Certified Organic Grapefruit Or Lime Wedge


  1. Prepare the Glass: Rub the rim of a highball or margarita glass with a grapefruit wedge. Dip it in coarse sea salt or kosher salt to coat the rim.
  2. Mix the Ingredients: In the prepared glass, combine Hermosa Organic Tequila, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar. Stir well to mix.
  3. Add Ice and Club Soda: Fill the glass with ice, then top up with club soda or sparkling water. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge. Taste and adjust the sweetness or tartness as desired.

Tips for the Best Paloma:

  • Taste and Adjust: Customize your Paloma to suit your taste by adjusting the amount of agave nectar or lime juice.
  • Let the Ice Melt: If the cocktail is too strong, let it sit for a few minutes to allow the ice to melt and dilute the drink slightly.
  • Experiment with Variations: Try using mezcal for a smoky twist or add jalapeño slices for a spicy kick.

Variations of the Paloma

Spicy Paloma:

  • Ingredients: Add USDA Certified Organic Jalapeño slices to the tequila and let it sit/infuse for 10-15 minutes.
  • Garnish: Use a salt rim mixed with Chili Powder.

Sweeter Paloma:

  • Ingredients: Replace club soda with Grapefruit-Flavored Soda.
  • Sweetness: This version is sweeter and less tangy, perfect for those who prefer a milder drink.

Making Simple Syrup


  • Sugar: Equal parts sugar and water


  1. Combine Sugar and Water: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and water.
  2. Stir and Heat: Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Simmer and Cool: Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat and allow it to cool before using.

Infusing Flavors:

  • Herbs and Spices: Add herbs, spices, or extracts to the simple syrup while it simmers to create interesting flavor variations.

Salting the Rim of the Glass


  1. Prepare the Lime: Take a lime wedge and rub it along the rim of your glass.
  2. Dip in Salt: On a small plate, sprinkle sea salt flakes (or kosher salt). Dip the glass rim into the salt and roll to coat evenly.


The Paloma cocktail is a refreshing and versatile drink that is perfect for any occasion. By using Hermosa Organic Tequila and USDA certified organic ingredients, you ensure that your cocktail is not only delicious but also free from harmful chemicals. Whether you enjoy it on a sunny afternoon or at a festive gathering, the Paloma is sure to be a hit. So, gather your ingredients, mix up a Paloma, and enjoy the perfect blend of sweet and sour flavors.

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