It’s being lauded as the ‘trendiest cocktail of summer 2021’, the drink we can’t be Instagrammed without. And with its blush appearance and its vibrant and refreshing taste, the Patrón Paloma is a summer must. And if you’re thinking you can’t wait to find out what all the fuss is about then you’re in luck, because the first-ever Patrón Paloma Week kicks off next week.
The Paloma (it means ‘dove’) was first created in the Mexican town of Tequila, located in Jalisco, the same state that’s home to legendary tequila maker Patrón, which is the ideal base for the perfect Paloma. And so the Patrón Paloma is a mix of Patrón Reposado tequila and premium grapefruit soda, a punch of salt and a slice of grapefruit to garnish. To celebrate Patrón Paloma Week bars across London have been invited to create their own variations on this flavoursome long drink.
And with so much mixologist talent and potential variety, it would be a shame not to try them all. And you can, head down to the bars joining in Patrón Paloma Week between Monday 23rd and Monday 30th August…
Here are some highlights to tickle your taste buds…
Acclaimed as the home of the Mirror Margarita, Hacha has the distinction of being London’s first (and, for reasons that are beyond us, only) Agave bar. And so who better to create an authentic Mexican take on the Patrón Paloma?
Bringing an Old Fashioned spin to the Paloma, the concoction includes Patrón Silver tequila, Paloma reduction and grapefruit bitters. It even comes with a complimentary Seabass Ceviche Tostada if you pop in to the Dalston bar on Thursday 26th August.
Where: 378 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AA
A living legend, and the abuelo of the capital’s Mexican scene being the oldest Mexican restaurant in the UK, Covent Garden’s Café Pacifico is honouring Don Javier’s Paloma with their Pacifico Classic Paloma and a signature Palomita Sangrienta.
The Classic is created from Patrón Silver tequila, fresh lime juice, pink grapefruit soda and served with a salted rim. Meanwhile, the Palomita Sangrienta is a combo of Patrón Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, fresh pink grapefruit juice, fresh pomegranate juice and Two Keys grapefruit soda.
Pitch up on Wednesday 25th August and enjoy the Paloma paired with a complimentary order of Crispy Corn Tostada served with Chicken Tinga, Spicy Ground Been, Pulled Pork or Black Beans.
Where: 5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA
Bethnal Green’s Satan’s Whiskers lives up to its hip hop vibes and reputation for quality cocktails and then some. So it’s only natural that they’d be a shoe-in for creating the perfect Patrón Paloma.
Their classic serve is a mix of Patrón Reposado, fresh lime juice and pink grapefruit soda, faithful to Don Javier’s original.
On Tuesday 24th August you can enjoy a complimentary food pairing of Chicken Quesadilla, Cactus Quesadilla or Beef Flutas.
Where: 343 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9RA
Maison Bat isn’t just about reinventing the humble kebab. They are mean mixologists too, and have their own version of a Patrón Paloma.
La Pilar Paloma features Patrón Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice, agave, black pepper and a dry pomegranate slice.
The Covent Garden restaurant is also offering a complimentary food pairing with Taco Arabe Kebabito on Sunday 29th August.
Where: 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA
London Cocktail Club Bethnal Green
The clue’s in the name, and of course this East London railway arch cocktail bar would create a mean drink for Patrón Paloma Week. In fact, they’ve done three!
The Tropical Paloma is combos Patrón Reposado tequila, La Vida Tropica, mango, lime and grapefruit soda. Meanwhile the Classic Paloma is, as you’d expect by now, Patrón Reposado tequila, lime and grapefruit soda. Finally the Atomic Paloma features Patrón Reposado tequila, velvet falernum, lemon, mango and bitters.
Order on Wednesday 25th August and you’ll receive a complimentary taco!
Where: Arch 253 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, E2 9LE
The Patrón Paloma Week will take place for the first time from 23rd to 30th August 2021 in London and Manchester, bringing this brilliant cocktail to Britain and, of course, Handbook favourite Patrón.