recipes & how tos | may. 12, 2022

Palomas Across America with the BA Team

The Patrón Paloma is a cocktail as delicious as it is simple. It features Patrón Tequila and the bittersweet flavors of grapefruit, making it a quick pick for bartenders looking for something crisp and easy. The Patrón Paloma is easily adjusted to incorporate local or seasonal ingredients to tailor this classic quencher for every season.

We asked our Patrón Brand Ambassadors to create twists on the Paloma inspired by the cities they call home. Each of these recipes features an ingredient or two that are regional or seasonal to where they live, and represent their region and the flavors associated with it. Some of them muddle in fresh ingredients just now appearing in their farmer’s markets, while others feature ingredients that make them think of home year round.

Check out what our Brand Ambassadors crafted below. While you read along or enjoy one of their creations, think about what ingredients you would use to showcase the true flavors of the place you call home. 

All recipes as listed make 1 cocktail. 


Roland Price // Nashville, TN

Nashville Hot Paloma

1.5oz Patrón Silver

.5oz Lime Juice

.25oz St. Germain

.75oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Muddled Serrano Peppers


Top with Sparkling Water

Tajin Rim on Glass

I love a good Paloma. To me it’s an incredible drink to enjoy any time of year, especially heading into summertime since it gets toasty here in Nashville with the humidity and the heat. For me, there is nothing better than enjoying some great live music here and sipping on a refreshing Patrón Silver Paloma during those warmer months.

With that in mind, I wanted to create a variation that felt fun and inspired by where I’m located. Since Nashville is a staple city for Hot Chicken, I incorporated some spice to my Paloma for the perfect local touch. The heat from the peppers and the Tajin Rim are balanced out with a touch of sweetness and effervescence from the elderflower found in St. Germain — the perfect combo to highlight the Patrón Silver, fresh lime, and grapefruit.

So, here’s to kicking off summer with a cold, refreshing Paloma made with Tequila Patrón!”

Watch Roland make a Nashville Hot Paloma

Carissa Kaufman // L.A.

Mixed Berry Paloma

.5oz Agave Syrup

.5oz Lime Juice

1oz Grapefruit Juice

2oz Patrón Reposado

5 Muddled Blackberries and Blueberries

Shake. Top in tin with 2 oz Topo Chico.

Double Strain into Collins glass over ice. 

In Los Angeles, berries are in peak season in the summertime, which also happens to be my favorite time of year! Ever since I was young I would eat berries as much as possible so, naturally, it made sense to utilize them in my Paloma variation too. The sweetness from the berries counteracts the bitterness from the citrus for a balanced and refreshing cocktail. Cheers!”

Watch Carissa make a Berry Paloma

Sam Willy // NYC

Harlem Paloma

2oz Patrón Reposado

2oz Grapefruit juice 

.5oz Fresh lime juice 

3 drops Sugar Monk’s Yuzu Bitters

Top with Uncle Waithley’s Ginger Beer

The Paloma variation is my nod to Harlem. The yuzu bitters are made in Harlem by Ektoras Binikos and Uncle Waithley’s ginger beer is made by Karl Franz in Harlem as well.

The spice and brightness these locally-made ingredients bring to the traditional Paloma make it the perfect drink to start your Harlem nights.”

Watch Sam make a Harlem Paloma

Krystal (KG) Garner // Atlanta, GA

Lemon Pepper Paloma


1.5oz Patrón Reposado

.75oz Limoncello infused with peppercorns

.25oz Infused Peach Syrup 

Owen’s Grapefruit and Lime

2 dashes of Peach Bitters

2 drops Saline Solution 

Charred Grapefruit

Peppercorn Medley


Combine Patrón Reposado, Limoncello infused with peppercorn, and infused peach syrup in a shaker, and add ice.

Double strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Top with Owen’s Grapefruit and Lime. 

Garnish with peppercorn medley and charred grapefruit.

When I first moved to Atlanta I learned quickly about the wing culture and how serious people took the flavors associated. The most known flavor that you will find almost everywhere in the city is Lemon Pepper.”

Alongside some of the most innovative mixologists in my local market, we made this Lemon Pepper Paloma a reality, from infusing Limoncello with peppercorn to bringing it home with a little bit of Georgia peach. Sip responsibly!”

Watch Krystal make a Lemon Pepper Paloma

Andrew Grenz // Austin, TX

Pecana Paloma

1.5oz Patrón Reposado

1oz Grapefruit juice

.75oz Pecan Orgeat*

.25oz Lime juice

2 – 3 oz Sparkling water

Garnish: Half grapefruit wheel, pecan half

Measure ingredients except for sparkling water in a shaker tin.

Fill with ice, cap, and shake. Strain into Collins glass over cubed ice. 

Top with Sparkling Water. Top with Ice and garnish.

*Pecan Orgeat

150g Pecans (shelled)

400g Hot Water

White granulated sugar

6 drops Rose Water

Soak pecans in hot water for 1 hour. 


Blend in a blender until smooth. Strain through a chinois. Measure the pecan milk” and take note of how many grams. 


Measure the same amount in grams of white granulated sugar. Add the rose water and blend until dissolved. Strain one more time to remove any remaining solids.


Pecans are a Texan staple and they provide such a unique flavor profile as compared to other nuts, so I love making an orgeat out of them — it adds a tropical element with a Texan twist. I added rose water rather than orange blossom water (found in typical orgeat recipes) because the roses are in full bloom right now throughout Texas, along with the wildflowers.

Most people make pecan pie out of pecans, but since I don’t have a big sweet tooth, I’d rather make cocktails out of them! As a kid, our dad used to bring us out to forage for pounds of pecans that would then find their way to a bowl in the center of the kitchen table as a continuous snack offering.

We would just take two and squeeze them together in our palms until one would crack and then pick away the shells. It required a bit of effort, but I like that they don’t necessarily need a nutcracker to get the job done. It’s such a perfect field snack. 

This Patrón Reposado Paloma riff is made to complement the Texas heat.”

Watch Andrew make a Pecana Paloma

TJ Vong // Denver, CO

Blue Spruce Paloma

1.5oz Patrón Reposado 

1oz Fresh Grapefruit

.5oz Fresh Lime

.5oz Spruce Syrup


Build all ingredients in the glass
Top with Soda Water

Garnish with spruce needles


My Paloma variation is inspired by Colorado Blue Spruces, known as the state tree. They are absolutely beautiful, aromatic, and an uncommon ingredient in cocktails.

The aromatics and flavors are well suited for use in a syrup which pairs well with citrus in the Paloma, an excellent combination!”

Watch TJ make a Blue Spruce Paloma (with his adorable puppy!)

There’s always an occasion for a Paloma, and now there’s a Paloma for every location. 


If you mix up any of these trans-continental libations or come up with your own locally-inspired creation, make sure to tag us on Instagram @academia_patron so we can share it with other friends of Patrón. We hope you enjoy these cocktails as an intro to summer, and that you’ll keep coming back for more recipes, stories, and educational opportunities.