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Paloma con Mezcal

  • Author: Bull Garlington
  • Total Time: 10


If you think everyone in Mexico drinks Margaritas, you’ve never been to Mexico. The drink of choice is a Paloma, a tasty concoction of tequila and grapefruit soda—usually Squirt. But you can improve on this simple mix by using mezcal, tequila’s smoky older sister. Tequila can only be made from blue agave which grows near the town of Tequila. Mezcal is distilled from any agave plant. So tequila is mezcal, but mezcal is not tequila. Still with me? Mezcal is smoky and strong. It’s a wonderful base against the bright grapefruit. For less sugar, instead of Squirt use Hansen’s Grapefruit Cane Soda or a mix of fresh grapefruit juice and club soda.


Units Scale
  • 1.5 ounces of Mezcal Añejo, preferably Ilegal Mezcal
  • Splash of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 ounces Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Hansens Grapefruit Cane Soda or club soda (approximately 2 ounces to top off)


Rim a tall tumbler with lime juice and salt. Fill it with crushed or cracked ice. Add the mezcal, add the fresh lime juice, toss in a pinch of salt, fill with grapefruit juice and top with grapefruit or club soda.

  • Prep Time: 5