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Paloma Italiana
© Lucas Allen

Paloma Italiana

  • TOTAL TIME: 5 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 1 drink

At the southern Italian restaurant Sotto in Beverly Hills, mixologist Julian Cox uses reposado tequila (“rested,” barrel-aged tequila) for this cocktail. It’s a variation on the Paloma, made with tequila and grapefruit soda. “I put this drink on the menu as a joke, trying to make it Italian by adding Campari and Italian orange soda,” he says. “It became Sotto’s most popular drink.”

  1. 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
  2. 3/4 ounce Campari
  3. 3/4 ounce fresh pink grapefruit juice
  4. 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  5. 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  6. 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  7. Ice
  8. 2 ounces chilled Italian orange soda, such as San Pellegrino Aranciata
  9. Pinch of kosher salt
  10. 1 spiral-cut grapefruit twist, for garnish
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Campari, citrus juices and agave nectar. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Add the orange soda and strain into a chilled ice-filled collins or highball glass. Add the salt and garnish with the grapefruit twist.
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