Frozen Mezcal Palomas Recipe

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

This is a summer cocktail you won't soon forget. It's bright and tart like a margarita, but not too sweet, and the soft, floral side of grapefruit comes forward, along with perfectly balanced bitterness. The key here, though, is the base spirit. Use a good bottle of mezcal (such as one from Del Maguey, Alipus, or Nuestra Soledad) to add a subtle savory quality and an herbal layer to the drink. You may think of mezcal as smoky, but the smoke from roasted agave is just a whisper in this cocktail, alongside savory, olive oil–like flavors, allowed to shine with help from a bit of salt.

This cocktail can easily be doubled. If you multiply it further, keep the batches separate so as not to overfill your blender.

Recipe Details

Frozen Mezcal Palomas Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 4 hrs
Serves 2 servings


  • 4 ounces (120ml) fresh juice from 1 to 2 pink grapefruits

  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) fresh juice from 2 limes

  • 1 ounce (30ml) honey

  • 4 ounces (120ml) mezcal

  • 1/4 teaspoon (1g) kosher salt

  • 2 cups ice (14 standard cubes)

  • Lime wheel, sliced in half crosswise, for garnish (optional)


  1. Add grapefruit juice, lime juice, honey, mezcal, and salt to a resealable container. Shake or stir to mix; make sure all honey is dissolved. Place in freezer for at least 4 and up to 10 hours.

  2. When ready to serve, add mezcal mixture and ice to a blender. Blend until uniform and pour into 2 glasses. Garnish each glass with half a lime wheel, if desired, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
196 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 113mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)