A festive paloma that taste of the holidays. Cranberry mezcal paloma made with ruby red grapefruit, cranberry juice, mezcal and topped with grapefruit soda tastes like the holidays in a glass.
I have a last-minute cocktail for you to add to the menu!
It’s a Texas twist on the classic Paloma featuring my beloved ruby red grapefruit.
Made with ruby red grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, mezcal and topped with grapefruit soda my cranberry mezcal paloma will be a hit for the holidays!
WHAT IS A PALOMA COCKTAIL
A paloma is a tequila-based cocktail topped with grapefruit soda. A traditional Paloma consists of using fresh lime juice, tequila, and grapefruit juice over ice with a salt rim.
Today I am giving the traditional Texas holiday twist with ruby red grapefruit juice and cranberry juice.
My cranberry mezcal paloma takes just moments to mix & serve – no cocktail shaker needed. You can even batch out in pitchers, pour over ice and guests and top with grapefruit soda.
Ruby red grapefruit and cranberry juice are both tart flavors, pero the grapefruit soda and smoky mezcal create a holiday win.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE A CRANBERRY MEZCAL PALOMA
Ruby red grapefruit juice, wedges, and slices – fresh ruby red grapefruit makes this drink pop, you can use bottled ruby red is you can’t find fresh.
Salt – a sea salt works great for this cocktail to enhance the ruby red grapefruit juice
Mezcal – If you have never tried Mezcal this is your chance to try it. A paloma is a great cocktail to begin your journey with mezcal.
Fresca or Squirt – a grapefruit soda. A paloma isn’t a paloma without grapefruit soda, squirt and fresca are my favorite.
Sugared cranberries – optional, pero pretty. Learn how to make sugared cranberries here.
HOW TO MAKE A CRANBERRY MEZCAL PALOMA
Run a grapefruit wedge around the rim of a glass, dip it into salt.
To the glass add mezcal, cranberry juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, stir to combine.
Fill glass with ice, top with grapefruit soda.
Garnish with fresh grapefruit slice and sugared cranberries.
EASY HOLIDAY COCKTAIL IDEAS
- Ruby red grapefruit wedges and slices
- 2 ounces mezcal
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice
- Fresca or Squirt
- Sugared cranberries
Run a grapefruit wedge around the rim of a glass, dip into salt.
To the glass add mezcal, cranberry juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, stir to combine. Fill glass with ice, top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with fresh grapefruit slice and sugared cranberries.