Mezcal Paloma Recipe

Mezcal Paloma
Photo for Aubrey Joy Schuster

Spanish for “dove,” the Paloma is one of the most popular cocktail recipes made in Mexico, and features either grapefruit juice and club soda or one of the many traditional Mexican grapefruit sodas that can be found in most well-stocked grocery stores. While traditionally made with tequila, the smokiness of mezcal takes the Paloma to new heights.


Pinch of kosher salt
Fresh grapefruit juice
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz mezcal
Club soda

Preparation: How to make a Mezcal Paloma

  1. Add mezcal, lime juice, and salt to a highball glass.
  2. Fill with ice, then fill with equal parts grapefruit juice and club soda (alternatively, use a Mexican grapefruit soda) and stir.
Mezcal Paloma