Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Tequila & Mezcal Cocktails

Vida Paloma

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At new Chicago restaurant Fat Baby Tacos, mezcal stands in for tequila and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, with simple syrup and club soda forming the grapefruit-soda-like component. However, the real wild card is a spicy chile piquin glass rim–dried, pulverized hot pepper with a smoky-citrusy flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Del Maguey Vida mezcal
  • 3 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Club soda
  • Garnish: Chile piquin rim
  • Garnish: Grapefruit quarter wheel
  • Garnish: Cilantro sprig
  • Garnish: Jalapeño round

Steps

  1. Rim half of a rocks glass with chile piquin.

  2. Add the mezcal, juices and syrup to a shaker with ice and shake.

  3. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice.

  4. Top up with the club soda.

  5. Garnish with a grapefruit quarter wheel, cilantro sprig and jalapeño round.