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A Paloma cocktail from Taco Bamba.
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Excellent Palomas to Drink in D.C.

It’s the tequila drink no one knows about

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A Paloma cocktail from Taco Bamba.
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At the first hint of patio weather, the margaritas come out in full force. Add the impetus of Cinco de Mayo and there’s even more reason to celebrate Mexican cocktails. But there’s another more quintessential Mexican drink that doesn’t (yet) have a horde of adoring followers: the Paloma.

The recipe is fairly simple: tequila, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit soda. The Paloma is just as refreshing and delicious as its more popular sibling, but for some reason it hasn’t achieved the same celebrity status.

There are, however, several establishments in the DMV celebrating the grapefruit-spiked cocktail this season — and not just Mexican establishments. Discerning drinkers can find the Paloma at steakhouses, vegan diners, Italian restaurants, and more. Many iterations stay true to the original recipe, while others riff with ingredients like grapefruit liqueur, mezcal, grapefruit oil, spicy shrubs, and blood orange soda.

Here are 15 spots to get better acquainted with the Paloma. ¡Salud!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fare Well

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406 H St NE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 299-9700
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This plant-based diner from vegan guru Doron Petersan has an herbaceous Paloma ($11). It’s composed of tequila, lime, and grapefruit and tarragon sodas.

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2. Felt Bar & Lounge

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7100 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD
(301) 971-6080
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The luxe bar and lounge inside the MGM National Harbor casino offers a One Night Stand ($14). Relax — it’s a drink made with George Clooney’s Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Aperol, lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, and Pompelmo Soda.

3. Rosa Mexicano (Multiple Locations)

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575 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

Rosa Mexicano does grapefruit four ways in its Paloma ($13). In addition to El Jimador Tequila, there’s ruby red grapefruit, Combier Créme de Pamplemousse Rose, Jarritos, and grapefruit bitters. The rim is lime and fleur de sel.

4. Taqueria del Barrio

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821 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 723-0200
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Along with a lineup of classic Latin cocktails, Taqueria del Barrio offers a no-nonsense Paloma ($11). It’s a simple blend of Milagro Silver Tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, and lime.

5. Espita Mezcaleria

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 621-9695
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Naturally, Shaw’s mezcal mecca makes its Vanilla Paloma with mezcal instead of tequila ($11). The drink also has a simple syrup made with grapefruit oil (extracted from peels), vanilla beans, and citric acid.

6. Mastro's Steakhouse

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600 13th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 347-1500
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This upscale steakhouse has an upscale Paloma to match. The Silver Paloma is made with Patrón Silver Tequila, Combier Créme de Pamplemousse Rose, Monin Watermelon Syrup, fresh lime, and basil, complemented by a sea salt rim ($17).

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7. Logan Tavern

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1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 332-3710
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For a blood orange Paloma with a kick, head to Logan Tavern. The spicy version features habanero shrub, tequila, lime juice, and blood orange soda ($10).

8. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 489-0140
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Two rosy citrus fruits are featured in the Blood Orange Paloma at Joe’s ($12). The drink is composed of Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila, San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda, grapefruit, and agave.

9. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 861-1310
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Firefly’s Paloma is more elaborate than most ($15). It starts with Roca Patrón, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, muddled, basil, and lime. Then comes ginger soda and layers of lime-basil-grapefruit sorbet. It’s garnished with sliced grapefruit, lime wheels, fresh basil leaves, and Australian pink sea salt.

10. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 956-6650
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Urbana sends smoke signals with the Paloma Sfumata ($11). It’s made with mezcal, grapefruit juice, Amaro Sfumato, honey, lemon, tonic, and Angostura bitters.

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11. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.
(202) 944-2026
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The new spring menu at Bourbon Steak includes the Paloma Nueva, developed by head bartender Torrence Swain ($19). The drink is made with Casa Noble Joven Tequila, fresh lime, pamplemousse, cucumber water, agave, soda, and grapefruit zest for garnish.

12. BRABO Restaurant

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA
(703) 894-3440
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The mezcal Paloma ($14) at Brabo should be enjoyed in the Old Town Alexandria restaurant’s beautiful courtyard. It’s made with mezcal, grapefruit, lime, agave, and soda.

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13. El Centro D.F. (Multiple Locations)

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1218 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

El Centro uses the traditional Mexican soda, Jarritos, to impart grapefruit flavor into its Paloma ($10). The drink also includes Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila and fresh lime.

14. Taco Bamba (Multiple Locations)

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA

Chef Victor Albisu’s fast-casual taco shop goes homestyle with Jarritos grapefruit soda in the Flama Blanca Paloma ($12). The drink also includes Vida Mezcal, grapefruit, and agave syrup.

1. Fare Well

406 H St NE, Washington, D.C.
Fare Well DC [Official]

This plant-based diner from vegan guru Doron Petersan has an herbaceous Paloma ($11). It’s composed of tequila, lime, and grapefruit and tarragon sodas.

406 H St NE
Washington, D.C.

2. Felt Bar & Lounge

7100 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD

The luxe bar and lounge inside the MGM National Harbor casino offers a One Night Stand ($14). Relax — it’s a drink made with George Clooney’s Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Aperol, lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, and Pompelmo Soda.

7100 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD

3. Rosa Mexicano (Multiple Locations)

575 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Rosa Mexicano does grapefruit four ways in its Paloma ($13). In addition to El Jimador Tequila, there’s ruby red grapefruit, Combier Créme de Pamplemousse Rose, Jarritos, and grapefruit bitters. The rim is lime and fleur de sel.

575 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

4. Taqueria del Barrio

821 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C.

Along with a lineup of classic Latin cocktails, Taqueria del Barrio offers a no-nonsense Paloma ($11). It’s a simple blend of Milagro Silver Tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, and lime.

821 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C.

5. Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Naturally, Shaw’s mezcal mecca makes its Vanilla Paloma with mezcal instead of tequila ($11). The drink also has a simple syrup made with grapefruit oil (extracted from peels), vanilla beans, and citric acid.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C.

6. Mastro's Steakhouse

600 13th St NW, Washington, D.C.
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This upscale steakhouse has an upscale Paloma to match. The Silver Paloma is made with Patrón Silver Tequila, Combier Créme de Pamplemousse Rose, Monin Watermelon Syrup, fresh lime, and basil, complemented by a sea salt rim ($17).

600 13th St NW
Washington, D.C.

7. Logan Tavern

1423 P St NW, Washington, D.C.

For a blood orange Paloma with a kick, head to Logan Tavern. The spicy version features habanero shrub, tequila, lime juice, and blood orange soda ($10).

1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C.

8. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Two rosy citrus fruits are featured in the Blood Orange Paloma at Joe’s ($12). The drink is composed of Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila, San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda, grapefruit, and agave.

750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C.

9. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Firefly’s Paloma is more elaborate than most ($15). It starts with Roca Patrón, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, muddled, basil, and lime. Then comes ginger soda and layers of lime-basil-grapefruit sorbet. It’s garnished with sliced grapefruit, lime wheels, fresh basil leaves, and Australian pink sea salt.

1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

10. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, D.C.
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Urbana sends smoke signals with the Paloma Sfumata ($11). It’s made with mezcal, grapefruit juice, Amaro Sfumato, honey, lemon, tonic, and Angostura bitters.

2121 P St NW
Washington, D.C.

11. Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

The new spring menu at Bourbon Steak includes the Paloma Nueva, developed by head bartender Torrence Swain ($19). The drink is made with Casa Noble Joven Tequila, fresh lime, pamplemousse, cucumber water, agave, soda, and grapefruit zest for garnish.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

12. BRABO Restaurant

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA
[Brabo]

The mezcal Paloma ($14) at Brabo should be enjoyed in the Old Town Alexandria restaurant’s beautiful courtyard. It’s made with mezcal, grapefruit, lime, agave, and soda.

1600 King St
Alexandria, VA

13. El Centro D.F. (Multiple Locations)

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

El Centro uses the traditional Mexican soda, Jarritos, to impart grapefruit flavor into its Paloma ($10). The drink also includes Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila and fresh lime.

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

14. Taco Bamba (Multiple Locations)

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA

Chef Victor Albisu’s fast-casual taco shop goes homestyle with Jarritos grapefruit soda in the Flama Blanca Paloma ($12). The drink also includes Vida Mezcal, grapefruit, and agave syrup.

2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA

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