Palomita

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Paloma, a Spanish word for ‘dove’, Palomita, or ‘little dove’ aptly captures the essence of this cocktail – a light and refreshing variation on the classic Paloma.

The Palomita’s journey began in 2018 at Salvation Taco, in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Drawing inspiration from the classic Paloma, the mixologists at Salvation Taco decided to swap out the traditional tequila base for vodka, thus creating a distinct and innovative cocktail.

At the heart of the Palomita lies a carefully crafted combination of ingredients, each contributing to its unique flavor profile. The key components include vodka, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit juice. This trifecta of ingredients forms the foundation of the Palomita, with each element playing a crucial role in shaping its character.

Vodka, known for its neutral flavor, serves as an excellent canvas for the other components to shine. Unlike the bold and earthy notes of tequila in a traditional Paloma, vodka brings a crisp and clean undertone to the cocktail, allowing the citrusy elements to take center stage.

As the star of the show, grapefruit juice imparts a bittersweet and slightly tart character to the Palomita. The natural grapefruit juice elevates the cocktail’s nuanced flavor, creating a fruity with bitter tinges drinking experience.

Fresh lime juice introduces a zesty kick, enhancing the overall brightness of the cocktail. The acidity from the lime not only complements the grapefruit juice but also adds a refreshing quality that makes this cocktail a perfect choice for those seeking a revitalizing drink.

The final touch that transforms this cocktail into a sparkling delight is soda water. Introducing effervescence, soda water lightens the cocktail, adding a refreshing and crisp quality. This effervescent element not only enhances the overall drinking experience but also makes the Palomita a perfect choice for those seeking a bubbly and invigorating cocktail.

Palomita Recipe

  1. 60 ml vodka

  2. 15 ml fresh lime juice

  3. 60 ml grapefruit juice

  4. Soda water, to top

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: grapefruit peel

palomita cocktail

How to Make a Palomita Cocktail

  1. Add the vodka, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a Collins glass, over ice.

  4. Top with soda water.

  5. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.