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Mezcal Paloma

If you love a good margarita, you are going to love this simple, grapefruit cocktail. This mezcal paloma recipe is made with smoky mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water for a refreshing drink that you can enjoy all summer long.

This paloma recipe was an instant hit in our house, and I know we’ll be making regularly from now on.

This recipe originally appeared on my other site Simply Whisked.

three mezcal palomas on a wooden serving tray

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Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • Grapefruit juice
  • Mezcal
  • Triple sec
  • Lime juice
  • Sparkling water
mezcal palomas garnished with fresh grapefruit slices and fresh thyme

How to make a mezcal paloma

Traditionally, palomas are made with grapefruit soda, but I’m not a huge fan of the added sugar, so I juiced some grapefruits we had on hand.

I got about 1 cup of grapefruit juice from 2 grapefruits, but it can vary so if you’re going to the store, buy a few extra. You can always use them for garnish.

Mixing the cocktail itself is so easy. Just shake the mezcal, triple sec and lim/grapefruit juice with ice until it’s super cold.

Strain the cocktail into two rimmed glasses and top with your favorite sparkling water. We used Topo Chico, but any bubbly water will work. You can even use soda, if you want.

closeup of mezcal palomas

Common questions about the paloma cocktail

What mixes good with mezcal?

Mezcal pairs really well with a variety of ingredients. It goes particularly well with citrus fruit, such as the grapefruit used in this drink.

Why is the drink called Paloma?

Paloma means dove in Spanish, and the drink is named after a popular Mexicna folk song called La Paloma.

What is in a Paloma?

Traditionally, a paloma is made with tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda, but this recipe is made with mezcal and grapefruit juice.

How many calories are in a Paloma?

This paloma recipe carries about 150 calories, which is a bit lower than a traditional paloma made with grapefruit soda.

hand taking a grapefruit cocktail from a wooden serving tray

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Mezcal Palomas

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Mezcal
  • Method: Mixing

Description

If you love a good margarita, you are going to love this simple, grapefruit cocktail. This mezcal paloma recipe is made with smoky mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water for a refreshing drink that you can enjoy all summer long.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 ounces mezcal
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 6 ounces grapefruit juice (1-2 grapefruits, juiced)
  • Sparkling water or club soda
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Rim two cocktail glasses with salt (or sugar, if preferred) and fill with ice.
  2. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine mezcal, triple sec, lime juice, and grapefruit juice. Shake until very cold.
  3. Strain into prepared glasses and top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit slice before serving.

Keywords: mezcal paloma, paloma recipe, grapefruit cocktail

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