Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

What is mezcal?

Melanie Symonds, owner of Quiquiriqui mezcal bar, shares her expert knowledge about tequila’s smoky older brother, plus we share some mezcal cocktails to try at home

Try our mezcal cocktail recipes then check out our tequila cocktails.

What is mezcal?

Mezcal is the older brother of tequila and is different to it for three reasons: the agave used in its production, the region it’s made in, and the process used to make it. Unlike tequila (which is only made with Blue Weber agave), mezcal is made with all sorts of agave, the most common of which is Agave Espadin (genetic mother of the Blue Weber).


All artisan or traditionally made mezcals will have a sweet, roasted, earthy or smoky flavour. Traditionally drunk neat with a side of orange wedges and chilli worm salt, it’s perfect on its own, with a beer or in a cocktail. Think of it like a fine whisky: sip and enjoy, don’t shoot!

Melanie Symonds

Mezcal cocktails

Mezcal, pineapple and jalapeño smash

The smoky notes of the mezcal work wonderfully with the grilled pineapple and gentle heat from the chilli in this spicy drink. It’s simple to make and can easily be made into a jug cocktail for a crowd.

Mezcal smash

Mezcal paloma

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.

Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Tommy’s cut

Tommy’s cut from Joyeux Bordel balances smoky mezcal with agave, sweet vermouth and zingy pink grapefruit.



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