In the same way that certain tracks form the theme songs of your holidays, and instantly take you back to being by the pool in the searing summer heat, cocktails are equally evocative. A simple taste and you’re whisked back to a particular bar or a certain garden and it all comes flooding back. Summer 2021 is the summer of the Patrón Paloma and when we taste a Paloma in future, we’ll be transported to this summer.

The Paloma is considered Mexico’s real treasured drink, a favourite for locals and for us too. We love it as a classic: Patrón Reposado tequila, fresh pink grapefruit juice and soda water.

Someone who certainly should know is Deano Moncrieffe, owner of London’s first Agaveria, Hacha. As the UK’s first ever Patrón Paloma Week kicks off, we asked cocktail and Tequila expert Deano to tell us the secret of the Paloma’s increasing popularity and how to best make it.

“The Paloma is such an iconic Mexican drink and, alongside wider Mexican culture, art and gastronomy, is increasingly gaining popularity in the UK.

“Consumers are more knowledgeable about Tequila than they used to be, appreciating its quality and mixability. The Margarita is now an established classic and the Paloma has all the characteristics to be a fresh alternative: a light, vibrant and flavoursome mix that delivers a real taste of Mexico.”

Deano should know, as owner of Hacha he's founded the only Agaveria in the country...

Deano should know, as owner of Hacha he’s founded the only Agaveria in the country, and anything he doesn’t tell us about the quintessential Mexican plant, which gives us Tequila as well as Mezcal, isn’t worth knowing.

Not only does he know a lot, he’s an extraordinary mixologist too, known as the creator of the acclaimed Mirror Margarita, prized as cocktail of the year in 2020.

Deano continues “At Hacha Agaveria, we always try to reimagine what a classic cocktail can be. We want to challenge the fact that a cocktail is often more familiar by name than by taste, while it should be the other way round”

We have been serving different signature twists on it, from a Frozen Paloma to the Old-Fashioned Paloma...

“So, we reimagine classics in different versions that hero the core flavours of a cocktail while providing a different aspect, often a deceptive one.

“The Paloma is a great example of a drink that lends itself to such approach. We have been serving different signature twists on it, from a Frozen Paloma to the Old-Fashioned Paloma that is our hero cocktail for the Patrón Paloma Week. Being so simple, the Paloma is very versatile and you can create many versions that cater for a variety of moments and tastes.

Hacha Bar’s special Patrón Paloma Week twist delivers the typical flavours of a Paloma with an Old-Fashioned balance and ratio of ingredients:

Paloma Old Fashioned

– 50ml Patrón Silver tequila

– 10ml Juniper Paloma reduction

– 3 dashes of grapefruit and hops bitters

Head to Hacha or one of the various bars supporting Patrón Paloma Week this week and receive complimentary paired dishes.

Or why not make your own Patrón Paloma at home? It’s ideal for serving in the summer heat at home and is the perfect cocktail for socialising. Here’s how…

PATRÓN PALOMA

50ml PATRÓN Reposado tequila
30ml Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
15ml Lime juice
10ml Agave syrup
30ml Premium soda water
Pink grapefruit wedge for garnish
Half salt rimmed glass with pink salt

METHOD: Combine all ingredients apart from soda, shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with the grapefruit wedge.

For a simpler take:

50ml PATRÓN Reposado tequila
150ml Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Mixer
A pinch of salt
Pink grapefruit slice for garnish
Salt rim (optional)

METHOD: Combine ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice, and salt rim if desired. Recipe, tips and ingredients here


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