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Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Mezcal paloma

Published: July 13, 2018 at 3:56 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail recipe with mezcal, zesty limes and sweet yet slightly bitter grapefruit juice. A paloma is usually made with tequila but using mezcal instead adds a lovely smoky edge to the drink


Try this recipe for Mezcal paloma, then check out our classic paloma cocktail, margarita cocktail, michelada and more Mexican cocktails



  • 3 tbsp mezcal
  • 3 tbsp ruby grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp honey syrup, see notes below
  • a splash (optional) soda water
  • to serve grapefruit peel twists or grapefruit wedges


  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 lime, zested


  • STEP 1

    For the citrus-chilli salt, mix together all of the ingredients on a plate. Rub a lime or grapefruit wedge around the rims of 2 coupe glasses then press into the salt mixture.

  • STEP 2

    Pour the mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey syrup into a cocktail shaker, top up with ice and shake really well. Pour through a fine sieve into the glasses, adding a splash of soda water, if you like, to give the cocktail a little fizz. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel or a grapefruit wedge.

To make honey syrup, put 50g honey and 50ml water into a small pan and heat, stirring, until the honey is dissolved, then cool.

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