The Quintessential Tequila Cocktail

Skip the margarita. Elevate your tequila game with this Paloma recipe from Augusta’s favorite influential bartender.

For the longest time I didn’t drink any tequila-based cocktails other than margaritas. I love margs. They are a go-to order for me at most restaurants. When I came across the recipe for the Paloma on Augusta’s favorite influential bartender’s Instagram (Zach, otherwise known as, it was an introduction to a whole new world.

I knew I had to recreate the drink and try it for myself. I quickly took a screenshot of his post and set off to attempt to make it look at least half as good as his creation. This drink is refreshing and light – making it the perfect substitute for a marg. *chef’s kiss*

Most Paloma recipes call specifically for grapefruit soda – but this recipe calls for grapefruit juice and club soda, which are a lot more common to find around the house. Just like Zach said in his post, we love a recipe that incorporates easy to find ingredients.

It took me a few tries to get it exactly how I wanted it (too much tequila, too little, etc.) After a few tests, I finally concocted the one that made my tastebuds sing. Keep scrolling for Zach’s recipe.

Paloma Recipe

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• 2 oz Blanco Tequila
• 3/4 oz Lime Juice
• 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
• 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
• Grapefruit
• Soda Water
• Ice
• Sea Salt

Salt your rim. Add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup to your shaker. Shake and strain into glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a chunky slice of grapefruit.


I can see myself, a self-proclaimed margarita connoisseur, sipping on one of these at my next meal. Enjoy your exquisite Paloma and join the elevated cocktail revolution by following Zach on instagram. Cheers!

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