Get ready to enjoy a glass of this delicious Mezcal Paloma, a simple and refreshing drink full of smokey citrus flavors!
Grapefruit juice and mezcal are an epic combination, and when you add a little sweetener, you'll have a tasty and bubbly drink -no shaker needed!
What is a Paloma?
Paloma -which in Spanish means "dove"- is a refreshing cocktail traditionally made of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. It's tart, sweet, and salty -all at once!
The classic Paloma recipe gets a nice twist when you swap the tequila for mezcal, giving it that infamous "smoked" aftertaste that goes down easy by adding that natural freshness you get from grapefruit juice and sparkling water instead of grapefruit soda.
So, is a Paloma made of Tequila or Mezcal? Paloma is just the name of the drink. But when it comes to the liquors, both come from the agave plant. Tequila technically can only be made from the blue Weber variety, while Mezcal can be made from lots of agave plant varieties. However, the most noticeable difference is the smoky aftertaste of mezcal, which isn't present when using tequila.
That said, the classic Paloma recipe is made with what is commonly called tequila, and this Mezcal Paloma, is made with this smoky liquor.
What is the Difference Between a Margarita and a Paloma
The only alcohol in a Paloma drink is tequila (in this case, Mezcal), and the citrus profile includes grapefruit, plus the sparkling water gives it a bubbly texture while the Margarita is flat.
The other difference between these two traditional cocktails is how they are made: you need a shaker to prep a good Margarita, while you can enjoy a tasty Paloma by simply mixing ingredients with a spoon!
Make next: Classic Paloma Cocktail
Mezcal Paloma Ingredients
This refreshing drink is a powerful combination of flavors that pair great together!
Here's what you need to enjoy an epic Mezcal Paloma:
- Mezcal: pick your favorite brand; if you don't have one, I recommend some great options down below.
- Fresh grapefruit juice: store-bought works too, but fresh juice is much better!
- Lime juice: about 1 wedge squeezed for more citrus flavors.
- Simple syrup or agave: to sweeten the Paloma. You can easily make your own homemade syrup for cocktails with this recipe.
- Sparkling water: adds volume and makes it bubbly!
- Grapefruit wedge: optional for garnish.
- Sea salt: for the rim.
Make sure to grab the measurements in the printable recipe below!
How to Make a Mezcal Paloma
Making Mezcal Paloma is as simple as mixing and sipping. Grab a glass and get ready to enjoy!
1. Prep the glass
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.
2. Make the cocktail
Fill the glass with ice, and add mezcal, grapefruit, lime, and simple syrup. Add the sparkling water, and with a spoon, mix to combine.
3. Garnish & enjoy!
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, and serve.
Best Mezcal for this Paloma Recipe
Mezcal Artesanal, artisan-made or extracted by hand, is a nice choice to sip and make cocktails. If you don't have a favorite brand, below are 3 great options to try in different price ranges:
How to Serve a Paloma
It's time to drink a Paloma and chill while sipping! Did anyone ask for freshness? Ice cubes are a perfect match for this cocktail!
For more fruity summer vibes, add a grapefruit wedge or twisted peel. Should you add salt to the rim? That is up to you, but it's a great way to enjoy Mezcal Paloma!
More Drinks Using Mezcal
Mezcal mixes well with many traditional tequila cocktails with juice and citrus flavors giving your drink the perfect balance between sweetness and smokiness.
Try this epic Mezcal Bloody Maria recipe for a drink that will wake your tastebuds and is perfect for Sunday brunch.
- 2 ounces mezcal
- 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- ½ ounce lime juice, about 1 wedge squeezed
- ¼ ounce simple syrup or agave, or more for sweeter
- 2 ounces sparkling water, or more to top it off
- Grapefruit wedge, for garnish (optional)
- Sea salt, for the rim
- 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, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add the sparkling water, and with a spoon, mix to combine.
- Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, and serve.