I first spied a Paloma on the menu of a Mexican restaurant in my mom’s neighborhood, where we had stopped for an early dinner with Nora. It seemed like a nice change from my normal habit of ordering a margarita with Mexican food, so I gave it a shot.
I knew right then that I’d have to try to make my own version, and it turned out to be really simple. I am a convert.
Sure, I still love a good margarita, but the Paloma is a nice, light alternative. It’s mellow where you might accuse a margarita of being overly sweet. This drink allows the tequila to really take center stage, so make sure to use a good one.
Based on this recipe from CHOW
1 1/2 ounces 100 percent agave reposado tequila
Juice of 1/2 medium lime
Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice. Add the tequila and lime juice, and top off with soda.
* I used Central Market’s grapefruit Italian soda, but you could use Squirt or Fresca, too. Just in case you are indecisive, check out this taste test!