How to prepare a Paloma with Mezcal?

Discover the charm of the Mezcal Paloma cocktail recipe, a vibrant reinterpretation of the Mexican classic. It combines the smoky flavor of mezcal with a citrus freshness for a unique and refreshing taste experience. Ideal for pairing with your favorite Mexican dishes.
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Do you know the Paloma, a Mexican drink with tequila, grapefruit soda, and a touch of lemon? This Paloma with Mezcal is just as refreshing and delicious but with the smoky touch of this authentic Mexican drink.

What is Mezcal?

Mezcal is an alcoholic beverage originating in Mexico and is recognized worldwide for its characteristic flavor. It is made from the fermentation and distillation of the juice extracted from the heart or “pineapple” of the agave. This plant grows in various regions of Mexico, especially in Oaxaca, Durango, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, and Zacatecas.

Although it is often confused with tequila, these two have notable differences, especially in their flavor and the type of agave used.

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Why Mezcal instead of Tequila?

Why use Mezcal instead of tequila for our Paloma? Mezcal has a very characteristic smoky flavor that gives a special touch to the cocktail.

This unique mezcal flavor enhances the Paloma cocktail experience, making it an irresistible option.

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Ingredients for paloma with mezcal

  • Mezcal. You can use Mezcal Casa Amigos, 400 Conejos or my favorite Quiéreme Mucho.
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Grapefruit soda, the best for Mexican drinks, is Squirt.
  • Tajin or salt for the edge of the glass
  • Agave syrup is an optional ingredient. It is normally used when grapefruit juice is not as sweet or when you use another grapefruit soft drink that is not as sweet as Squirt.

How to make drink mezcal paloma?

  • Rub the rim of the glass with lemon and then rub it with salt or the tajine.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add the Mezcal, grapefruit, and lime juice in a separate pitcher or glass. Mix and serve in the glass.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with grapefruit soda.
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon or grapefruit.
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Tips to find the best Mezcal

  1. Look for the Denomination of Origin: In Mexico, Mezcal has a Denomination of Origin in several states, including Oaxaca, Guerrero, Durango, San Luis Potosí, and Zacatecas, among others.
  2. Check the type of agave: Mezcal can be produced from several types of agave, each of which contributes unique flavors and characteristics. Some of the most common are Espadín, Tobalá, and Cuishe.
  3. Pay attention to the production process: How Mezcal is made also affects its flavor.
  4. Note the alcohol content: Mezcal can vary in terms of alcohol content. A mezcal with a higher alcohol content (over 45%) will have a stronger flavor and may be better for mixing in cocktails. A mezcal with a lower alcohol content could be smoother and easier to drink neat.
  5. Try before you buy: If possible, attend mezcal tastings or visit bars that have a good selection of mezcals. You can identify the flavors and characteristics you like best by tasting different types.
  6. Research the brand: Some mezcal brands are known for their quality and consistency. Learn about the brand’s history, its commitment to sustainability, and the opinions of other consumers.

When to serve Mezcal?

La Paloma is an excellent aperitif accompaniment to Mexican dishes or snacks. Its freshness contrasts with the spicy flavors of Mexican food. Serve it with a nice plate of chips and salsa, enchiladas, aguachile, or tostadas.

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MEZCAL PALOMA

Discover the charm of the Mezcal Paloma cocktail recipe, a vibrant reinterpretation of the Mexican classic. It combines the smoky flavor of mezcal with a citrus freshness for a unique and refreshing taste experience. Ideal for pairing with your favorite Mexican dishes.
5 de 2 votos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces of mezcal
  • 3 ounces of grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Salt for rimming
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • Grapefruit wedges for garnish
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ice

Instructions
 

  • Rub the rim of the glass with lime and then pass it through salt or tajín.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a separate jug or glass, add the mezcal, grapefruit juice and lime juice. Mix and pour into the glass.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with grapefruit soda.
  • Decorate with a slice of lime or grapefruit.
Keyword mezcal cocktail

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