World Paloma Day is celebrated around the world by those of us who recognize the national drink of Mexico. Made with tequila and grapefruit soda, this wonderfully refreshing cocktail is becoming increasingly popular in the United States as well as other countries around the world, and this year it takes place on Friday 22nd May.
2020 sees Jose Cuervo teaming up with Lucky Liquor Co. and Mothership Scotland to create ‘Keeping Faith With Paloma’, a rather delicious and refreshing take on the classic cocktail. With so many bars facing uncertainty in these unprecedented times, Jose Cuervo is asking drinkers around the world to stay positive and keep supporting their local bartenders by raising a glass at home this Friday.
The history of the Paloma is largely unknown, with no one really certain who invented the cocktail or when it was even first created. Some people credit a legendary bar owner in the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, while other sources believe it may have originated as early as the 1860s. The cocktail’s distinct flavour and use of fresh-made ingredients has made it Mexico’s most popular tequila cocktail.
The ‘Keeping Faith With Paloma’ bottled cocktail is made by legendary bartending duo Jason Scott and Mike Aikman, who are the two the masterminds behind the Lucky Liquor Co. The cocktail contains Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado, fresh lime juice, fresh golden grapefruit juice and agave syrup. It is accompanied with a bottle of small batch, hand crafted Bon Accord x Lucky Liquor Co. Salted Pink Grapefruit Soda. All you have to do is open the bottles, salt rim your glass should you so wish, then pour the bottles over a highball filled with cubed ice, add a wedge of grapefruit and raise your glass to the team in your local bar and voila!
From March of this year, The Benevolent became known as The Drinks Trust and it continues to support the members of the drinks industry as it has been doing since 1886.
All profits from the sale of this at-home cocktail will go to The Drinks Trust, who provide essential support, care and assistance to the drinks industry workforce. Priced at just £8, you can order your very own at-home cocktail directly from the Mothership Scotland website: https://mothershipscotland.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs by Stevie Singh