May 30, 2022

Blood Orange Paloma

Blood Orange Paloma

Jamie and I are big  cocktail people and I'd say my favorite types of cocktails are those that are perfectly citrus-y with a subtle sweetness to them. Some of my favorites cocktails are margaritas, mojitos and palomas.

Wether you're looking for a cocktail to impress your friends with or just want a good, refreshing cocktail, give this blood orange paloma a try! You won't be disappointed and it might just become your favorite as well.

What is a paloma?

You might be most familiar with margaritas but did you know that in Mexico, the Paloma is actually the most popular cocktail? Yep! While internationally margaritas have gained such popularity, if you travel to Mexico you might be suprised at how the paloma cocktail takes center stage.

Though we can't know for sure who exactly came up with this genius paloma cocktail, it's often credited to Don Javier Delgado who is the owner of La Capilla bar in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. La Capilla just so happens to be the oldest bar in Tequila.

Talk about a great tasting cocktail with a pretty cool history!

Ingredients for the most refreshing blood orange paloma

Traditionally, a paloma cocktail consists of tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda. This blood orange paloma cocktail recipe is a derivative from a base recipe we got from a good friend of ours named Trevor who helped open and run an upscale Mexican restaurant here in Northern Virginia.

Before taking the job, and continuously during, Trevor dove into the history of Mexican Cuisine and Culture. The drink menu was designed to only feature agave spirits and products of Mexico. While some may have viewed this as a limitation, the owners of the restaurant and Trevor had the vision and knowledge of what could be. Through Trevor’s endless research done both through travel and through book, he was able to educate numerous guests on the true depth and versatility of agave spirits.

For this blood orange paloma cocktail, you'll need the following:

  • Blanco tequila
  • Fresh blood orange juice
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Orange bitter
  • Blood orange simple syrup
  • Salt
  • Soda water

As we mentioned above, traditionally grapefruit soda is used but we love how the blood orange gives it a subtle sweeter taste and love the citrus that comes form using fresh blood orange juice as opposed to blood orange soda. We still get that bit of bubbly, however, from the soda water.

To rim or not to rim?

Everyone has a preference when it comes to wanting to salt rim or sugar rim a glass. While I have to say most often than not I'm a "not to rim" person, I love how a candied zest rim perfectly compliments this blood orange paloma.

When you make the blood orange simple syrup, make sure to save the zest you'll be straining so that you can candied it for this cocktail and many others!

We hope you enjoy this one! Let us know in the comments how you liked this blood orange paloma cocktail recipe.


Blood Orange Paloma

A fresh take on a paloma cocktail, an authentic Mexican classic, that features blood orange juice instead of the traditional grapefruit. You'll be making this recipe all summer long with its citrus and subtly sweet flavors!













  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • 1.5 ounces blood orange simple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1.5 ounces soda water
  • Candied zest (to rim the glass)
  • Instructions

    1. Rim your desired glass using the simple syrup then the candied zest.
    2. Fill the glass ¾ of the way full with ice.
    3. Add the tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, orange bitters, blood orange simple syrup, and salt to the glass with the ice and stir using a bar spoon.
    4. Top off with the soda water and enjoy!


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