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 Facts

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

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  • 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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