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Though it’s arguably Mexico’s favorite tequila-based cocktail (take that, margarita!), the citrusy Paloma hasn’t enjoyed similar popularity stateside--at least not yet. We’re betting that will change when people discover this classy version from Agricola, a new farm-to-table eatery in Princeton, New Jersey. There, the bartenders keep things fresh by using grapefruit juice instead of grapefruit soda and adding St. Germain to lend the cocktail an unexpected floral note. Served over ice, this refreshing drink is perfect to offer to friends gathered on a patio on a hot summer day.

Makes 1 cocktail
Start to Finish: 5 minutes


2 ounces silver tequila

2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice

½ ounce fresh lime juice

¼ ounce St. Germain

¼ ounce simple syrup

Lime or grapefruit wheel, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila with the grapefruit juice, lime juice, St. Germain and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled bucket glass. Serve immediately, garnished with a lime or grapefruit wheel.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Dress up the cocktail by garnishing it with a grapefruit or lime wedge. Or, take a page from Van Dolsen’s playbook and serve it with a candied grapefruit peel.

  • Stop by Agricola the next time you’re in Princeton.

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