Cinco de Mayo Paloma

Who’s ready to drink and celebrate a holiday we know nothing about!?

No, not St. Patrick’s day; Cinco de Mayo!

It’s a time-honored tradition in my casa to kick off the day’s fiesta with a strawberry-lime Paloma. The Paloma is that “other” Mexican cocktail and is, in my humble (and correct) opinion, the superior of the two. Here’s why: when you make a GOOD margarita (not from a bottle, but from the juice) it’s time consuming and a mess. The Paloma is a Tequila cocktail for right now. However, I have added some steps with this creation…so sue me…


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of fresh sliced strawberries (these are in season right now so, not only should they be super tasty, but they should also be dirt cheap)
  • 2 limes (one for zesting, one for garnish)
  • 1 bottle of your favorite grapefruit soda (Izze makes one with all natural juice that is perfect for this cocktail)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • tequila (A nice blanco [silver] will do nicely. Sauza is always a solid, inexpensive way to drink some grapefruit soda.)

Start the morning of, or the night before, by cleaning and slicing your strawberries really thin and adding them to the sugar. All of the strawberries and all of the sugar. Then add your salt and the zest of one of your limes into the mix. Cover and shake it like you’re going for Yahtzee! Let that mix hang out, NOT in the fridge! We need some heat to help make the syrup…(btw, you’re making syrup right now).

When you’re ready, take your strawberry-lime-sugar-paste and add 1/2 cup of water to it. Shake again, maybe this time take your points on Chance? Once the sugar is totally dissolved, remove the strawberry slices (or leave them in if you like.  That choice is all you, homie). Now you have your syrup. Way to go!!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz silver tequila
  • 3/4 oz strawberry-lime syrup
  • top with grapefruit soda
  • garnish with a BIG piece of lime

and the combination:

Over ice, add your tequila and your syrup then top with the grapefruit soda and stir. Squeeze the lime into the cocktail and drop the citrus carcass in the mix.

Sip and celebrate Saint Cinco driving all the pigeons from Mexico City!!

Viva le France!


Have fun, and as always, thanks for reading.

Bottoms up,

H.S. Hemingway

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