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Aperol Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Aperol Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Heads up: if you’re searching for a classic tequila cocktail recipe, this is not it.

While we love ourselves our fair share of classic cocktails from the Old Fashioned to the Negroni, we also like to mix it up now and then.

Impromptu Happy Hours

This Aperol Paloma is a cocktail recipe that evolved from our impromptu Test Kitchen Happy Hours here at Salt & Wind. These Happy Hours are a tradition we’ve had going on since we created Salt & Wind. It goes something like this: once a week, around Happy Hour, we play around on our bar to test and try out new cocktails.

The origin of this dates back to when our Editor In Chief, Aida, worked in the Test Kitchen of CHOW along with our Mexican food bestie, Kate of ¡Hola! Jalapeño. It’s a fun way to get creative with friends and toast the day at the same time!

Spend enough time around here. We like our drinks with an edge: sometimes spicy and other times just a tinge bitter. You’ve probably noticed that we use the classic Italian liquors — Campari and Aperol — A LOT when we want a hint of bitter. And, so it was only a matter of time until we added it to our margaritas!

The Origin Of The Aperol Paloma Cocktail

If you’re a fellow home bartender, you’ll likely see the traces of other classic cocktails — namely, an Aperol Spritz, a Cadillac Margarita, and a Paloma –. Still, it has evolved to be something in and of itself.

While it’s not a Mexican cocktail recipe that you’ll come across in any bartending book, it’s one we turn to a lot when we’re cooking Mexican food. The reason? The bittersweet nature of the Aperol combined with the sour tartness of the grapefruit juice makes it a perfect pairing with spicy, hot flavors.

Similar Cocktails To Try Out

Into the bittersweet flavor of this drink? Here are a few other cocktails you might want to try out!

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Aperol Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Aperol Paloma Cocktail Recipe

We like our cocktails with an edge: sometimes spicy and other times just a tinge bitter. You've probably noticed that we use Campari and Aperol A LOT when we want a hint of bitter so it was only a matter of time until we added it to our margaritas! We created this Aperol Paloma Cocktail recipe, and we do not regret it at all, we will be sipping on it for the rest of the summer.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces 100% agave silver tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces freshly-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Thinly sliced Lime for garnish


  • Make The Aperol Paloma Cocktail: Combine the tequila, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, Aperol, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker, fill halfway with ice, and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with some lime slices and serve.



Serving: 1drinkCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.03mg
Keyword Aperitivo, aperol cocktails, Fancy cocktail, Fancy drink
Tried this recipe?Mention @saltandwind or tag #swsociety!

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