Frozen Mezcal Paloma cocktail

Frozen Mezcal Paloma

By Timo Torner / Last updated on August 19, 2022 
A frozen Mezcal Paloma is an ideal summer treat. This boozy Mezcal slushy is tart, fruity, and packs a smoky punch.

A homemade slushy cocktail like this frozen version of a Mezcal Paloma is a perfect way to beat the summer heat. On top, this boozy frozen cocktail is also super easy to make.

For this frozen Paloma slushie, you'll need a smoky Mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, a dash of simple syrup, and sea salt. Put all these ingredients, plus ice, in a blender to get the perfect slushy consistency.

So, if you're already a fan of a classic Tequila Paloma, our Mezcal Paloma on the rocks, this recipe is for you.

The frozen Paloma cocktail

The Paloma (Spanish term for dove) cocktail is a traditional Mexican drink based on Tequila. It's an easy-to-make drink featuring Tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and grapefruit soda like Fresca or Squirt.

Mezcal Paloma slushy

The Paloma cocktail is typically served on the rocks, garnished with a lime wedge, and in a salt-rimmed glass. A thirst-quenching boozy drink that goes down way too fast.

Of course, there are plenty of riffs and twists on such a simple recipe. One of the tastiest ones is the Mezcal Paloma. It replaces Tequila with its smoky cousin, adding a bit more complexity.

Frozen Mezcal Paloma garnished with grapefruit and tajin

And while the classic Paloma is an excellent drink for every occasion, the homemade frozen Paloma is our absolute favorite for pool or beach sessions.

You simply add all ingredients to a mixer and blend until they have the smooth slushy consistency you want. Of course, you can make this Frozen Paloma with Mezcal or Tequila. -However, the Mezcal version is my favorite.

What is Mezcal?

Mezcal is a Mexican spirit distilled from agave. The majority of Mezcal, approximately 70%, is produced in the State of Oaxaca. But in the last few years, production of Mezcal expanded all over Mexico as the spirit gained international traction.

The traditional way of drinking Mezcal is neat from a jicara or copita. These drinking vessels help to smell and taste the complex flavors and aromas.

Slush like Frozen Paloma cocktail

There are many different types of Mezcal. These types depend on the age of the spirit and the agave type.

Tequila, for instance, is also a subtype of Mezcal. It is a smoother, less smoky version but still a Mezcal.

Apart from these two, which are doubtlessly the bestsellers, there are also other important Mexican spirits, like Pox and Sotol.

Which Mezcal to use in a Frozen Paloma

Choosing the right Mezcal for a cocktail can be tricky. Different Mezcal products vary in the level of smokiness. You can find bottles with almost no smoky flavor and others pretty much full of it.

If you're a fan of smoky spirits, try the Montelobos Joven Mezcal. For a less smoke-forward Mezcal, choose Alipús San Luis Del Rio. You can also have a look at our recommended bottles of Mezcal for more inspiration.

Frozen Paloma cocktail made with Mezcal

More Mezcal cocktails

In case you're looking for more delicious Mezcal Cocktails you can make with the smoky Mexican spirit, you can almost always use it as a substitute for cocktails mixed with Tequila.

Plus, here's a list of the best Mezcal cocktails with some must-try recipes, like the Mezcal Sour and Mezcal Negroni.

Frozen Mezcal Paloma cocktail

Frozen Mezcal Paloma

A frozen Paloma cocktail based on Mezcal made with ice cubes and a blender.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agave, grapefruit, lime, mezcal
Servings: 1
Calories: 209kcal
Cost: $3.20

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Joven Mezcal
  • 2 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 0.75 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz Agave syrup
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Kosher salt or fleur de sel (for rim)

Instructions

  • Salt rim a Highball glass and set it aside.
    Kosher salt or fleur de sel (for rim)
  • Add all ingredients, including the ice and a pinch of salt, into your blender.
    2 oz Joven Mezcal, 2 oz Fresh grapefruit juice, 0.75 oz Fresh lime juice, 0.5 oz Agave syrup, 1 cup Ice cubes, 1 pinch Salt
  • Blend the mixture until it reaches the desired texture. We're looking for a perfectly smooth slushy consistency.
  • Once done, transfer into a glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Notes

This recipe is for one drink. When you have a big blender, it makes sense to make more than just one drink as blending gets easier with larger volumes.

Nutrition

Serving: 13.25oz | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.88g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.55g | Saturated Fat: 0.06g | Sodium: 1.78mg | Potassium: 118.96mg | Sugar: 16.02g | Vitamin C: 31.49mg | Calcium: 13.76mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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