Oh Mezcal....

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Mezcal Paloma

This summer has been all about Mezcal for me.  Of course, I am really into "smoky" cocktails. For me it's Mezcal in the summer and a good peaty Scotch in the Fall/Winter.
If you enjoy mezcal like I do, check out this recipe for a delicious Mezcal Paloma

The Paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail made with lime juice, tequila and grapefruit soda.
Using a smoky mezcal really sets this one off.


1 ounce smoky mezcal, like Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 1/2 ounces Cocchi Americano (Italian aperitif wine)
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 ounces seltzer
1/2 grapefruit wheel


In a cocktail shaker, stir the mezcal with the honey until dissolved. Add the Cocchi Americano, grapefruit juice, lime juice and salt. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Fill a large glass with ice and add the seltzer and grapefruit wheel. Strain the cocktail into the glass and serve.


Brian Fuente