Original Recipe: Mimmy’s Paloma – Drinkhacker


Hey folks, it’s another quarantine birthday cocktail, this one in honor of my mother, affectionately known as Mimmy to her grandkids. Mimmy is well known for her love of the color red (hence the grenadine), and since she’s a lifelong Texan, ruby red grapefruit from my home state had to be included in the recipe. Smoky mezcal gives this spin on the Paloma a smoky kick, but use tequila if you aren’t a fan. Mimmy doesn’t drink much anyway, so simply omit the booze for the teetotalers in your party. The rosemary does more of the heavy lifting in that event.

(Apologies for the ice in the pic; we ran out of the good stuff.)

Mimmy’s Paloma
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1-2 Tbsp rosemary syrup (to taste)
1 1/2 oz mezcal
grapefruit soda to top
healthy splash of grenadine

Add first four ingredients to ice in a tall glass. Top with grapefruit soda and the grenadine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

To make rosemary syrup, just add a few sprigs of rosemary to a 1:1 mixture of sugar and water. Bring to a boil to dissolve sugar, then cool. Remove rosemary and you’re ready to go.

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