4 Refreshing Palomas We Wish We Were Sipping Right Now

Four versions of the bittersweet bev, from classic to ”a little unorthodox”

The Paloma cocktail packs a punch with its fizzy blend of grapefruit, tequila, and lime. Here are four versions to try in L.A., whether you’re craving the classic or something with a twist.


La Paloma at Veranda

“We make it the same way you can find traditionally in Mexico,” says beverage director Michael Horan II of his version (above), which features freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, blanco tequila, and a splash of Squirt grapefruit soda. $12; 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown.

Paloma at Majordōmo

At David Chang’s buzzy eatery, the cocktail features grapefruit in four different forms: fresh juice, a cordial made with sugar and peels, a dash of citrusy bitters, and the grapefruit liqueur known as pamplemousse. This way you get “a four-dimensional flavor, rather than one or two,” says Richard Hargreave, director of food and beverage special projects. $16; 1725 Naud St., Chinatown.

A Mo’s Paloma at the Nice Guy

Our riff is a “little unorthodox,” says bar director Justin Campbell. Campari and Combier Pamplemousse Rose add bitterness and intrigue, while a squeeze of lemon juice—instead of the typical lime wedge—is “less abrasive.” $18; 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove.

Breakfast Paloma at E.P. & L.P.

The addition of homemade orange marmalade makes this version unique, says bartender Sergio Gonzales. It “adds a very nice, refreshing, light bitter taste but, most importantly, texture.” $13; 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood.

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