In the cold of winter, you may be looking for a relaxing and fun pick-me-up that brings you back to summer. From the comfort of your home, you can transport yourself to Mexican beaches (don’t worry you don’t have to work on that summer bod yet either). “How can I get started?” you may be wondering. Let us tell you.
Mezcal drinks are a great way to relax at home, no matter the time of year or situation. Just by grabbing a few ingredients, you can make deliciously relaxing drinks that make you forget about the winter blues. In this article, we’re going to give you our favorite mezcal drink recipe you can try tonight to relax and unwind.
Let’s get started.
Mezcal and Worm Salt
Before we dive into the specific recipe, we need to talk about two stars of the recipe: mezcal and worm salt. Mezcal is an agave-based liquor. Most people’s first introduction to mezcal is tequila, but they are not the same. Tequila is a specific type of mezcal that is made from blue weber agave only. Other mezcals are made from a variety of agave.
Mezcal has a smokey and distinct flavor that is hard to miss. The exact flavor will depend on the type of agave used in the drink. Since so many regions in Mexico produce agave, the region for the agave’s production will determine the flavor profile for each batch. For our recipe, just pick your favorite mezcal!
The second star ingredient in our recipe is worm salt. Although this salt may sound gross, it is anything but gross. It is known as sal de gusano at most Hispanic groceries. Yes, worm salt involves insects, but the flavor is smokey and savory, the perfect pairing with mezcal drinks.
Rosé Paloma Cocktail Recipe
If you are a rosé fan, then you will love this Rosé Paloma Cocktail Recipe. This recipe uses both rosé and mezcal to give you a boozy drink that is sure to relax. At the same time, the citrus, grapefruit soda, and worm salt additions make the drink stand out from other cocktails.
What You’ll Need
- 2 ounces of your favorite mezcal
- 4 ounces of grapefruit soda
- 1 ounce of rosé
- 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Worm salt for the glass rim
- Freshly sliced grapefruit wedges for garnish
- Cocktail shaker for preparation
First, let’s prepare the glass rim. Begin by cutting a lime into wedges. Using one of the wedges, wet the cocktail glass rim so that warm salt can stick to it. Then, put worm salt into a bowl and dip the rim of the glass into that bowl.
Next, we need to prepare the drink. Pour 2 ounces of your favorite mezcal, 1 ounce of rosé, and 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake the shaker for about 10 seconds so all of the ingredients can be well blended.
Then, pour the drink into the salt rimmed glass that we prepared before. Add in your desired amount of ice and top off the drink with the grapefruit soda. Finally, add the garnish to the cocktail glass. Simply place a slice of grapefruit along the rim and put a couple of sprigs of thyme into the glass.
We hope that this Rosé Paloma Cocktail recipe can help you relax and unwind after a hard day. If you are looking for a meal to have with this recipe, shrimp ceviche or some lime zested chicken may be a great choice. After all, there’s no point in relaxing without a yummy meal!