If you're looking for a refreshing cocktail to enjoy at the end of a long day, this grapefruit and mezcal cocktail is it!
The grapefruit adds a hint of sweetness to balance out the smoky flavors from the mezcal, and together you'll have a sippable drink that's great any time.
What does a Mezcal & Grapefruit Cocktail Taste Like
Since Mezcal tequila has a smoky flavor to it and grapefruit offers a natural citrus sweetness, this drink tastes a little sweet with bubbly hints of smoky, leaving you with a refreshing sweetness combination that will have you wanting more.
What is in the Mezcal and Grapefruit Cocktail?
The best part of this mezcal cocktail is that it uses simple cocktail ingredients. For the ultimate experience, grab your go-to mezcal and the following ingredients to make this cocktail:
- Mezcal: pick your favorite brand, not the one you reserve for sipping, but a middle-of-the-road bottle that mixes great with everything.
- Grapefruit juice: adds a citrus flavor and sweetens the drink a little.
- Sparkling mixer: use sparkling water, citrus soda, or grapefruit soda to add volume to this drink.
- Citrus wedge: use grapefruit wedge, orange, or lime.
- Margarita salt: optional but great on the rim of the glass.
How to Make a Grapefruit and Mezcal Cocktail
The best part about making this grapefruit and mezcal cocktail is that you just add all the ingredients into the glass and stir. There's no need for a cocktail shaker or anything at all - which saves on time and clean-up.
You'll need to:
- Prep the glass:
Grab your favorite highball glass, fill it with ice, and then decide between salt or no salt, that is the question.
- Make the cocktail:
Measure, pour, fill up the glass, and stir.
- Sip sip, hurray!
Go ahead, sip away. We won't judge.
Remember to grab the ingredient amounts and full directions in the recipe card below.
Using Citrus Soda
There are several citrus soda options for making this drink. What I recommend most are lemon-flavored or citrus-flavored (such as Fresca). These two options won't overpower the rest of the flavors of the cocktail.
Highly sweetened citrus sodas will most definitely overpower this drink (such as Fanta). Citrus-flavored soda water is recommended.
Sparkling water adds a touch of bubbly without disrupting the flavor of this drink. Keeping some in your fridge or cocktail shelf is always a great idea.
You can also use citrus-flavored sparkling water to add both more flavor and bubbly to the drink without taking over the flavor.
When to Serve Grapefruit Mezcal Cocktails
Generally speaking, whenever sparkling water or a bubbly mixer is involved, it's always best to serve cocktails made at the moment.
And since this grapefruit mezcal cocktail only takes a couple of minutes to whip up, have all the ingredients handy for when the craving strikes and make it fresh!
These cocktails are great for sitting out on the porch and watching the sunset or playing bartender at your next party and showing off your skills. The versatility of Mezcal makes this drink perfect for just about any occasion.
Mezcals to try in this Cocktail
New to the world of mezcal or need to switch things up? Here are a few recommendations for various price ranges to expand your collection:
More Mezcal Cocktails
Since Mezcal has a great smoky flavor that pairs great with other popular cocktails. Here are some other delicious cocktails to keep on your radar and make with Mezcal:
Grapefruit and Mezcal Cocktail
- 2 ounces mezcal
- 4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces sparkling water or citrus soda
- Citrus wedge, for garnish
- Margarita salt, optional
- Prep your glass by running one lime wedge along the rim of a highball glass. Once coated, press into a margarita salt plate and set aside.
- Fill the glass with ice, and add mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water or soda.
- Squeeze the remaining lime wedge into the drink, and serve.