Durango Cocktail – Make Trader Vic’s Classic 1972 Orgeat Paloma

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This is the same structurally as a fresh grapefruit Paloma, but it substitutes orgeat(almond) syrup for the regular simple syrup. Where the Paloma has a refreshing clean grapefruit flavor, the orgeat gives the Durango an excellent nutty and cherry-ish flavor.

I can find the earliest reference of this in Trader Vic’s 1972 revised bartending guide. The original 1947 edition did not have any tequila cocktails in it.


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Durango Cocktail

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Learn how to make a classic Durango Cocktail.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat

  • 1.5 oz Grapefruit

  • 1.5 oz Silver Tequila

  • 2 oz Soda Water


  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.


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