two glasses with smoky cocktail

Smoked Mezcal Paloma Cocktail

This dramatic cocktail has layers of complex flavours, from smoky to tangy to bittersweet.


two glasses with smoky cocktail

Smoked Mezcal Paloma Cocktail Recipe

This refreshing cocktail has complex flavours: smoky, sweet and tangy, with a hint of bitterness.
Total Time 10 minutes
Course cocktail
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1


  • 3 tbsp coarse pink salt
  • 60 ml Mezcal
  • 50 ml pink grapefruit juice freshly-squeezed
  • 30 ml lime juice freshly-squeezed
  • 30 ml simple syrup see tip
  • 1 tbsp Aperol
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  • Place the salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of the glass with grapefruit juice. Dip the rim of the glasses into the salt and gently press the glass to cover it with a rim of salt.
  • Pour the mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, sugar syrup and Aperol into a cocktail shaker. Fill the rest of the shaker with ice, put the lid on and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is icy, about 20 seconds.
  • Pour the cocktail through a strainer or slotted spoon into a chilled glass. Light the sprig of rosemary and then immediately extinguish. Add it while still smoking in the glass.


Make a simple sugar syrup by bringing equal parts sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes, until all the sugar has dissolved, then let cool completely. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Keyword Grapefruit, Mezcal
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