Hello everyone! Natalie here with another cocktail recipe just in time for the weekend! The paloma is traditionally made with blanco tequila, but I love the smokiness that the mezcal adds to this fruity and refreshing beverage. A lot of the time it is made with grapefruit soda, but I like to take a more fresh approach to making cocktails. I’ve used fresh juices of lime and grapefruit, agave nectar, mezcal and sparkling water. This juicy and fizzy cocktail is sure to cool you down on a 110+ degree day! ;)
2 oz. mezcal
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar
salt for garnish
lime wedge for garnish
First things first, juice your grapefruit and limes. Using fresh juice in cocktails whenever possible is always better. It’s easy, cost effective and healthier for you.
Get your highball glasses ready by taking a lime and running it around the rim of your glass and running it over some salt. This adds a savory note to the drink just like a margarita.
Next add your juices, agave nectar and mezcal to your mixing tin. Add ice and shake. Strain into your salted highball glass over ice and garnish with a lime.
This is probably one of my favorite tequila drinks of all time and the mezcal really takes it a step further! It’s fruity, savory, fizzy and refreshing, which is perfect for those super warm days. If you’re really hot you can ditch the soda and throw the rest of the ingredients in a blender for a frozen version as well.
I hope you get to enjoy one of these this summer, preferably by a pool. Stay cool everyone! ~Natalie
Author and Photography: Natalie Jacob