This is a refreshing, salty, sweet, bitter, and spicy south of the border-inspired cocktail. Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice is Mexico's choice for its traditional Paloma cocktail created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of La Capilla, in Tequila, Mexico. While he made a simple refreshing cocktail composed of only tequila and Jarritos Grapefruit, this dressed-up almost glitzy version takes the idea to new heights. The pickled jalapeños are a treat for use on sandwiches, nachos, tacos, or anytime you are motivated to add a bit of zing to a recipe. ¡Salud!
cuisine Mexican
difficulty Easy
season Summer
Serves 2


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces EL Guapo Salted Paloma Mixer
  • 1 dash EL Guapo Cuban Bitters
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 2 thin slices pickled jalapeño, see kitchen notes
  • Kosher salt, for glass rim
  • Sparkling pink grapefruit


  1. Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a grapefruit wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.
  2. Mix the tequila, grapefruit juice, EL Guapo Salted Paloma Mixer and EL Guapo Cuban Bitters, lime juice, and agave nectar into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into two cocktail glasses.
  3. Top with sparkling grapefruit soda.
  4. Garnish with a pickled jalapeño. Serve immediately with or without ice cubes.