To mark World Paloma Day today, we thought we would celebrate this popular Mexican cocktail that dates back to 1953, with the ‘London Essence Paloma’ as a perfect summer serve, to coincide with the launch of London Essence’s new Pink Grapefruit Soda.
With the improvement in the weather and longer days, many of us will be enjoying alfresco drinks and dinner either at home with family and friends or out on terraces at local pubs, restaurants and bars. And what better way to enjoy the warm summer sunshine than with a cocktail in your hand as the sun goes down, made with a new Pink Grapefruit Soda from London Essence, as the soda plays just as an important role in a cocktail.
This refreshing new soda is the perfect mixer to help enhance any tequila, vodka or rum to provide a light yet elegant take on the popular Paloma, Mojito or Vodka Soda cocktails. Of course, it’s just as good in non-alcoholic cocktails if you are looking for something a little lighter this summer.
London Essence is already well known for its existing range of elegant tonics, crafted sodas and delicious gingers, and this new pink grapefruit soda is the perfect addition, blending crisp and zesty grapefruit with lime leaf distillate, ideal in a Pink Grapefruit cocktail on those balmy summer evenings.
The Paloma has grown in popularity in recent years, climbing 22 places since 2020 to become the 14th best-selling cocktail around the world.
Creating the perfect Pink Grapefruit Paloma is very straightforward and can easily be done at home. All you need is 35ml premium tequila blanco, 25ml pink grapefruit juice, 15ml lime juice, 10ml agave syrup and some London Essence Pink Grapefruit Crafted Soda.
To make, simply take all the ingredients, with the exception of the soda, and pour into a cocktail shaker. Then shake vigorously for around 10 seconds before double straining the contents over large ice cubes into a chilled salt-rimmed highball glass. Next, top up the glass with London Essence Pink Grapefruit Crafted Soda and stir lightly to infuse the flavours before finally garnishing with a pink grapefruit twist and sprig of basil to give that citrus aroma and herbal finish.
For more information and to purchase London Essence Pink Grapefruit Crafted Soda, please visit: www.londonessenceco.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of London Essence