Today we share with you a version of the Paloma, Mexico’s real favorite cocktail. Instead of using Tequila we are employing its smoky cousin, Mezcal. It is a drink that you can whip up in batches if you have a crowd to please. It is spicy, slightly sweet, slightly tart and subtly smoky making it the perfect foil to foods with big flavors.
The Oaxacan Spicy Paloma
In a Cocktail Shaker Glass Add:
- 1 ½ Ounces Mezcal (we like Bosal Mezcal Espadin Barril Mexicano)
- 3 ½” slices of Jalapeno
- ½ Ounce Agave Nectar
- ½ Ounce Lime Juice
- 2 Ounces Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Muddle everything together then add ice and shake. Strain into a Cocktail Glass (with or without ice your call) Rimmed with Tajin Seasoning (Chili Lime Salt).
For the Large Batch
In a Blender Pitcher with No Ice Add:
- 18 Ounces of Mezcal
- 3 sliced Jalapenos
- 6 Ounces of Agave Nectar
- 3 Ounces Lime Juice
- 12 Ounces of Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Cover and blend for 3 seconds just to combine ingredients. Last Minute Pour Over Ice in a Pitcher. Makes 6 Cocktails.
And for those wondering, the proper pronunciation for Oaxacan is Wuh + Haa + Kuhn.