Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Tequila & Mezcal Cocktails

Vida Paloma

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At 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 and pulverized hot pepper with a smoky-citrusy flavor.


  • 2 ounces Del Maguey Vida mezcal
  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda, to top
  • Garnish: chile piquin rim
  • Garnish: grapefruit quarter wheel
  • Garnish: cilantro sprig
  • Garnish: jalapeño round


  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 with the club soda.

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