Summer is here and after the year everyone endured it calls for something special. A special liquor that is synonymous with being present, creating memories, and getting lost in laughter.


My memories of Tequila are from the fraternity days of Tequila Tuesday when hundreds of college students would pack into a small attic and rip tequila shot after tequila shot. As one would expect, after my limited experiences with tequila I didn’t have the best impression. Tequila was for shots and heavily mixed margaritas with more sugar than a Willy Wonka Chocolate Bar.

Just like caviar, tequila grew on me and I realized just how tasty and amazing the spirit is. Tequila based drinks are really refreshing and most people are trying to have fun when drinking tequila. I can’t wait to get into sipping tequila, but I digress.

I was first introduced to the Paloma by a very close friend. Her Uncle had a variation on the classic drink that is delicious, refreshing, aesthetically pleasing, and quite strong. The classic Paloma, which actually translates to “Dove”, is a tequila-based cocktail with fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice, and topped with seltzer water. Similar to a margarita, the Paloma follows a certain proportion of ingredients allowing the cocktail maker to make substitution or easily put their own spin on the drink.

For this Paloma, the special ingredient is “Elderflower Liqueur.”  

The Ingredient’s:

  • Tequila: The most important aspect of the cocktail with a better tasting tequila going a long way. With that being said, do I still use “Margaritaville Tequila” most of the time? Yes – but I have come to appreciate that a good tasting tequila really adds to the drink.  
  • Lime: Freshly squeezed of course!
  • Elderflower Liqueur: The Darkhorse of this cocktail variation, elderflower liqueur isn’t standard in a Paloma but really adds to the drink. There’s a nice sweetness to the liqueur that rounds out the drink. I would recommend finding a cheaper alternative to St. Germain (the go-to Elderflower Liqueur) as it can be quite expensive.
  • Grapefruit Juice / Seltzer Water: Depending on what you have available, the last component of the drink allows for creativity. My favorite way to make the Paloma is by adding store-bought grapefruit juice and topping with seltzer water. However, many people will use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or a Seltzer Water with a grapefruit flavor.


Prep Time 2 days
Cook Time 3 days
Servings 1


  • 2.5 oz Tequila
  • 1 Lime
  • 0.75 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • Grapefruit Juice Can be store bought or freshly squeezed
  • Seltzer Water Can be original or grapefruit flavored


  • Add ice to a cocktail glass
  • Freshly squeeze roughly 1/2 – 1 lime into cocktail glass depending on the size of the lime
  • Add Tequila and Elderflower Liqueur
  • For the grapefruit juice, add a decent pour to achieve desired ratio.
  • Top with club soda and optionally garnish with a grapefruit slice

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