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Apr 26, 2011 03:41 PM


going to a tequila bar for a function this weekend and not normally a tequilla drinker

Paloma ‘ 100% Blue Agave Blanco, Organic Grapefruit Soda, Fresh Lime, Grapefruit Zest

this drink looks interesting, what is a good anjeo to have it made with - its not on my tab but i have to keep it repectable - its no navy grog but what can you do :)

1921 {9}

3 Amigos {7}

Antiguo {7}

Avion {10}

Asombroso {8}

Cabo Wabo {8}

Cazadores {7}

Chamucos {15}

Chinaco {10}

Clase Azul {18}

Corralejo {8}

Corrido {9}

Corzo Silver {11}

Cuervo Platino {14}

Cuervo Tradicional {7}

Cruz {11}

Don Julio {12}

El Jimador {7}

El Mayor {10}

Espolon {7}

Herradura {10}

Luna Malvada Blanca {8}

Milagro Barrel Reserve {15}

Patron {9}

Patron Gran Platinum {30}

Sauza Tres Generaciones {12}

Siete Leguas {10}

Tequila Ocho {15}

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  1. This drink should be made with blanco, not anejo. All that grapefruit with kill an anejo. It'd be pointless. I'd stick to a basic brand, like El Jimador or Cazadores.

    1. Paloma is a great summery drink, refreshing with the grapefruit soda. Should be blanco tequila though as mentioned, but given what's in this list, and the description, sounds like this is the blanco list anyway. El Mayor is a fine choice IMO. Although really, Cuervo Platino is fantastic. If you're not normally a tequila drinker the difference will be lost, though, so probably not worth the cost difference. I haven't tried anywhere close to all of these though so those are the ones I really have fond memories of. In fact, we just bought another bottle of El Mayor recently. I only had the Platino because I got it as a gift once, but it is on sale right now and was tempting. ;-)

      Really, there's nothing wrong with any of these. Most is just a matter of preference. A lot of people have a somewhat skewed notion about tequila thinking of crappy mixtos as they're known (not 100% agave, such as Cuervo Gold), but when you use the good stuff like this, and make it a good drink like this one, it may change your mind. If not, well, IMO a Paloma is a respectable drink. Heck, so is a margarita if it's made with fresh juice and tequila from this list. Good luck.

      1. One comment, (besides that a blanco is recommended.) A Paloma works best made with white grapefruit juice and anywhere from a splash to equal parts seltzer, not grapefruit soda. Grapefruit soda brings in some different flavors and characteristics that just don't work as well as using fresh juice and seltzer. When you use fresh juice you need to add a barspoon to a 1/2 oz of simple syrup or agave syrup.

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        1. re: JMF

          this is their blanco list (sorry about that)

          and i will very rarely drink tequilla, i rarely have any at the house - figured to expand my horizons since i will be in a tequilla environment

          JMF that modification / correction sounds pretty good - wish i could find fresh white grapefruit around me, always have to use ocean spray to get white grapefruit juice, none of the stores stock them...but that is a different topic :)

          El Mayor v Herradura -- any difference?

          1. re: Dapuma

            I am talking about fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice. Bottled grapefruit juice is not worth even attempting to use in a cocktail. Try the Paloma the way it was meant to be, with fresh juice, and it will amaze you.

            1. re: Dapuma

              Herradura is always a reliable choice, but I've never actually tasted their blanco so vs El Mayor I really don't know my own preference. You won't know which you prefer until you taste. I did taste Espolon blanco the other day (they were doing a tasting of it at the liquor store, heh) and that's pretty good especially for its relatively low cost. So pick one. If you get to have two drinks, pick a different tequila each time and see if you notice the difference. :-)

              I thought the paloma was pretty much designed with grapefruit soda in mind, but I can imagine that the fresh variant would taste very good and fresh. We've actually been making some simple grapefruit juice and tequila drinks after finding this on the menu at a place nearby, but all the grapefruits are red/pink seems like. At the restaurant it says fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice plus El Mayor blanco. This is actually pretty good on its own, without the fizz of the paloma. But I think a paloma made with soda can be fine too, agreed it will be different than a fresh juice drink obviously.

              1. re: CrazyOne

                el mayor was better than the herradura at least in the drink - im not a tequilla person at all

                the paloma with the soda was good for a tequilla drink - but i will stick with rum and gin :)

                thanks for the advice everyone

                1. re: CrazyOne

                  I had a Paloma recently with Sanpellegrino Grapefruit Soda and fresh lime juice that was pretty solid.

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                    I had the San pellegrino a while back, tastes very authentic and not overly sweet.

              2. re: JMF

                I'm a big fan of the Paloma with grapefruit soda- particularly Squirt (Mexican with cane sugar) or Jarritos. ~2oz blanco tequila, lime wedge, lots of ice in a highball glass with a salted rim The place I usually order them actually calls it El Hervidor (the boiler) to differentiate it from the fresh juice and seltzer Paloma.

                1. re: carnicero

                  generally, in d.f. and/or other partes de mexico, if you order a "paloma," will you be served tequila/seltzer/juice or tequila/grapefruit soda?
                  does it merely depend on how upscale/downscale a joint you're in?


              3. Tequila Ocho is for sipping, like a fine cognac. Enjoy it straight up. It is a single estate tequila, each year comes from a different field and you can taste the difference. If you are in for the tasting, try comparing different years. I am excited tonight since I have finally found it at my local fine spirits store, here in Pasadena. It is not easy to find.

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                1. re: Margoe

                  "Neat", not "straight up" (unless you want it stirred/shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass). Sorry, just a peeve.

                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    Wires were crossed last Fall in a restaurant in suburban Detroit and I ended up with single malt scotch both "straight up" and poured into a martini glass!

                  2. re: Margoe

                    Maybe. Maybe not, according to Jeffrey Morgenthaler:

                    He makes a (new-to-me) distinction between up and straight up: the former being always chilled and strained, the later being ambiguous and needing clarification.

                    I use straight up, but I think I'll make it just "up" from now on. Thankfully, neat in unambiguous, and the intended meaning of straight up can usually be inferred from the drink.

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                    1. re: EvergreenDan

                      Eh. I kind of feel he's agreeing with me. Or at least saying there's some confusion when using any term other than "neat" for a bottle-to-glass drink.

                      "Let’s say you order a Wild Turkey, “straight up”. Your bartender should assume you mean that you want your bourbon “neat”, and serve it as so." He's basically saying that neat is the correct term even though the customer used straight up and to pour the drink as such.

                      I'm stickin' with "neat".

                      1. re: EvergreenDan

                        Oh, yes, neat is unambiguous. Straight up ... not so much. Just saying it's not necessarily wrong. I think it's best avoided, given what Jeffrey said.

                        I also associate "up" with a stemmed glass, but apparently that isn't right either. A Sazerac is, apparently, an up drink.

                        1. re: EvergreenDan

                          A Sazerac is served down -- chilled with ice and strained into a rocks glass w/o ice.


                          1. re: yarm

                            While I am sure you are technically correct, I never in my life (having spent a few hours in drinking establishments) heard anyone order a drink "down" including ordering quite a few Sazeracs in New Orleans.

                            SRSLY you are the professional, how often have you ever heard anyone use the term? This is just for my own nerdy curiosity.

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              I think that's the first time I've heard the term "Down."