Tequila cocktails and long drinks are on the rise. The Margarita has already earned its spot as a classic on cocktail menus and now there’s a new cocktail to try; the Patrón Paloma, which is much simpler, refreshing and just as Mexican.
In its most classic form, the Patrón Paloma is a mix of Patrón Reposado Tequila, grapefruit, soda and lime. And this week, is the UK’s first ever Patrón Paloma Week which is running until Bank Holiday Monday, bars across Manchester and London are offering their own bespoke twists on the classic Paloma with free food pairings too.
One of those bars is Ducie Street Warehouse which is serving classic Paloma cocktail made with Patrón Reposado Tequila alongside a menu of tacos throughout the week.
Gethin Jones, Beverage Director at Ducie Street, has been working behind Manchester bars for 14 years and has noticed the increased buzz around the Paloma cocktail.
He said: “As the Margarita is now an established classic, drinkers are after the next tequila cocktail and the Paloma has all the characteristics to be just that: refreshing, light and flavoursome, it is perfect for summer. Plus, its fizzy element makes it a great alternative to the trendy spritz cocktails.”
“We have been seeing a rising interest in the Paloma cocktail and, more generally, in long drinks. People are starting to understand Tequila better, appreciating its quality and mixability and therefore looking for new ways to drink the Agave spirit.
He continues: “The Paloma is a refreshing and vibrant cocktail and can be simply made and enjoyed at home too, but as such it requires good quality ingredients, starting from Tequila. Patrón Reposado is a perfect base as it conveys the mellowly and herbaceous character that blends perfectly with the taste of the grapefruit, lime juice and the agave syrup.”
The Paloma is a simple yet versatile cocktail which can be adjusted to suit your tastes and mood.
Gethin says: “The simplicity of this cocktail equally allows a lot of creativity, you can refine and cater it to your taste. For example, in summer you can add fruity elements and notes by simply infusing your Patrón Paloma with strawberries or raspberries without need to cut down or readjust any other element of the recipe. This is perfect for any social gathering requiring pre-batching.”
Gethin has shared with us their classic Patrón Paloma recipe, so if after visiting bars during the Patrón Paloma Week, if you’d like to try your hand at making the drink at home, you can get the ingredients delivered to your door through the Patrón Pantry on the UK Amazon Store.
Ducie Street Warehouse’s classic Patrón Paloma
50ml PATRÓN Reposado Tequila
40ml freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
10ml fresh lime juice
10ml agave syrup
Soda water to top
A pinch of sea salt
Fill a highball glass with ice. Combine all ingredients apart from soda into a shaker, shake with ice and strain into the glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a pink grapefruit slice.