Montenegro Paloma

Adding amaro to this classic tequila cocktail makes for a refreshing, sweeter riff.

Montenegro Amaro Cocktails
Photo: Carey Jones
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 drink

It's not uncommon for me to order a tequila cocktail with dinner and enjoy a glass of amaro or a shot of its artichoke-based cousin, Cynar, with dessert. When I came across a cocktail that combined both of those options in a refreshing, fizzy riff on a classic Paloma, I knew I was about to enjoy something truly special. Amaro Montenegro, in case you haven't yet added a bottle to your home bar, is what F&W executive wine editor Ray Isle calls the "lightest, gentlest amari, with orange and rosewater notes." In addition to its accessible flavor profile, it also happens to be one of the easier bottles to find, plus it plays especially well with a reposado tequila to create a sweeter take on this iconic warm weather tequila drink. Reposado tequila is aged from anywhere between two months to a year in-barrel, resulting in a weightier, more robust spirit for mixing in cocktails.

For the Montenegro Paloma cocktail, you'll want to whip up a batch of agave syrup by simply dissolving one part agave nectar in one part hot water; when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this syrup serves as a surprisingly versatile cocktail ingredient for up to one month ⁠— try it in another one of our favorite dark rum-based amaro cocktails, The Malagueña.


Agave Syrup

  • 1 ounce agave nectar

  • 1 ounce water

Montenegro Paloma

  • 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila

  • 3/4 ounce Amaro Montenegro

  • 1/4 ounce agave syrup

  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice

  • 1 ounce club soda

  • 1 medium grapefruit, sliced into half-moons


Make the agave syrup

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve 1 ounce agave nectar into 1 ounce of boiling water. Let cool.

Make the Montenegro Paloma

  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine reposado tequila, Montenegro Amaro, 1/4 ounce of agave syrup, and grapefruit juice. Shake until chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. Strain shaker into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with grapefruit half-moons.

Updated by
Oset Babür-Winter

Title: Senior Drinks Editor, Food & Wine

Location: New York City

Experience: Oset Babür-Winter has completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust's (WSET) Level 3 Award in wines and was previously the magazine's associate culture editor, where she edited Obsessions.

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