Recipe of Mezcal Paloma: the Del Maguey’s way

Mezcal Paloma Cocktail: one of the quintessential Mexican traditional drinks

When it comes to quintessential Mexican traditional drinks, it’s hard not to mention the Paloma. This grapefruit-centric cocktail has been a top choice for many for decades. Traditionally, the Paloma calls for tequila as its spirit of choice, but with the ascent of mezcal’s popularity, a smokier twist to this classic was inevitable.

History of the Mezcal Paloma

The Paloma, Spanish for “dove,” remains somewhat of an enigma regarding its origins. While the Margarita often overshadows it in international fame, many in Mexico argue that the Paloma is the more popular of the two drinks. 

Substituting tequila with mezcal gives the Paloma an added dimension. The earthy smokiness of mezcal contrasts beautifully with the tart and bittersweet flavors of grapefruit.

What Ingredients do we need to prepare a Paloma with Mezcal?

  • 1 1/2 shot Mezcal
  • 1 1/2 shot Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 shot Lime Juice
  • 1/3 shot Agave Syrup
  • Toms Henry Pink Grapefruit soda (or another brand)
  • Salt for the rim (optional)
  • Grapefruit or lime wedge for garnish
  • Ice cubes
Ingredients and step by step for Mezcal Paloma preparation

Step-by-Step Preparation of the Mezcal Paloma:

  • Preparation of Glass: If you like a salted rim (which complements the grapefruit’s bitterness), moisten the rim of your glass with a grapefruit or lime wedge. Dip the rim in salt to coat it evenly.
  • Crafting the Base: In a shaker, combine the mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave syrup . Add ice to about half of the shaker’s capacity.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and give it a robust shake for around 15-20 seconds.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into your prepared glass, making sure to strain out the ice. Top up the drink with grapefruit soda, depending on your desired fizziness.
  • Garnish and Imbibe: Finish off by garnishing with a grapefruit or lime wedge. Take a moment to enjoy the fragrant aroma, then take a sip to experience the smoky, tangy magic of the Mezcal Paloma.

Secrets and tips to perfect your Mezcal Paloma

To achieve the best version of this drink, keep the following in mind:

The Fresher, The Better: Always opt for freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juices. They provide a zesty, vibrant flavor that bottled juices can’t match.

Adjust to Taste: The simple syrup is optional because the grapefruit soda already imparts some sweetness. If you prefer a less sweet drink, you can omit the syrup entirely or adjust the quantity to your liking.

Fizz Matters: When topping off with grapefruit soda, the fizziness can make or break the drink. A freshly opened bottle of soda ensures the best carbonation.

Unique Twists on the Mezcal Paloma:

Example of Mezcal Paloma variations with fruits.

The Mezcal Paloma, while fantastic in its traditional form, can be the starting point for various delightful variations:

Herbal Infusion: Muddle fresh rosemary or basil in your shaker before adding the other ingredients for a unique aromatic twist.

Spice it Up: Add a slice or two of jalapeño for a spicy kick, balancing the grapefruit’s tartness with a hint of heat.

Berry Burst: Add a handful of fresh berries (like raspberries or strawberries) for a fruity twist. Muddle them in the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Elevate with Bitters: A dash of grapefruit or aromatic bitters can enhance and deepen the cocktail’s flavor profile.

Mezcal Choice: Del Maguey’s Picks for the Perfect Paloma

The essence of a Mezcal Paloma lies in the quality of the mezcal. Del Maguey Vida Collection offers a range of mezcals that will elevate and complement this classic cocktail with their smokiness.