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Simple Smokey Palomita Cocktail

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Simple Smokey Palomita Cocktail

I know I am not the first person to suggest drinking mezcal with grapefruit juice, but oh boy! I did feel like a genius when I tasted the two flavors together for the first time! El Willy and I had gone out with close friends the night before and had a little too much fun.

The next day, we skipped the gym and slept in. Feeling hungover, we had a huge brunch: lots of potatoes and toast to soak up the tequila from the previous evening. I knew I needed some of “the hair of the dog that bit me” to recover, but I wasn’t quite in the mood for a michelada, and I’m not really a mimosa type of girl. However, I love grapefruit juice and I love mezcal, so I decided to try those two together. Mezcal, to keep the buzz going (remember I said this book is only semi healthy! Don’t judge me) and grapefruit juice for vitamins and refreshment.

Grapefruits and mint for smoky mezcal cocktail.

I poured it over ice and threw in a mint leaf to feel fancy. Wow! The bittersweet citrus of the juice! The smokiness of the mezcal! The ice to make it extra crisp and refreshing! Even the tiny mint leaf played its part. My newest favorite drink was born.

This drink is great at brunch or on a summer day. When it comes to alcohol, remember that balance and moderation is best, and according to many studies one drink a day can help your heart. Cheers to that!

Show off this cocktail next time you host brunch for your homies. It can be your Latin take on a mimosa, or a new twist on a traditional paloma.

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Smokey Palomita

Recipe by Bernadette MolinaCourse: DrinksCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Easy mezcal and grapefruit cocktail.


  • 1 shot of mezcal

  • 1 cup of grapefruit juice, fresh

  • A few mint leaves, to garnish

  • Ice, as much as you would like


  • Pour ice into a glass.
  • Pour the mezcal and juice into the glass.
  • Finely mince the cilantro leaves.
  • Stir.
  • Garnish with a mint leaf.

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