Mezcal Paloma.

Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail recipe with mezcal, zesty limes and sweet yet slightly bitter grapefruit juice. A paloma is usually made with tequila but using mezcal instead adds a lovely smoky edge to the drink.

What you’ll need.

· 3 tbsp mezcal

· 3 tbsp ruby grapefruit juice

· 2 tbsp lime juice

· 2 tbsp honey syrup, see notes below

· a splash (optional) soda water

· to serve grapefruit peel twists or grapefruit wedges


· 1 tsp mild chilli powder

· 2 tsp sea salt flakes

· 1 lime, zested

How to make it.

· STEP 1

For the citrus-chilli salt, mix together all of the ingredients on a plate. Rub a lime or grapefruit wedge around the rims of 2 coupe glasses then press into the salt mixture.

· STEP 2

Pour the mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey syrup into a cocktail shaker, top up with ice and shake really well. Pour through a fine sieve into the glasses, adding a splash of soda water, if you like, to give the cocktail a little fizz. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel or a grapefruit wedge.