Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Mezcal paloma

  • serves 2
  • Easy

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


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