Frozen Mezcal Palomas Recipe

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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 Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 4 hrs
Serves: 2 servings

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  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.

Special Equipment

Blender

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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.)