Mezcal Paloma Goes Perfectly with Tacos

By Nancy Friedman

September 20, 2022

It’s not on the Baja Famous Fish Tacos menu, but owner Jeff Mogalian’s Paloma recipe would make the perfect accompaniment to takeout tacos! A little smoky (thanks to the mezcal), a little tart (from the grapefruit juice), a little picante (from the Tajín), it’s a refreshing twist on a classic Mexican cocktail.

Makes one cocktail.


1 ounce premium mezcal

1 ounce silver tequila

4  ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

Soda water


Tajín/sugar-rimmed glass (see below)

Grapefruit wedge for garnish

For the rim:

Mix 1 teaspoon of Tajín Clásico seasoning with ½ teaspoon sugar and place on a flat plate. Wet rim of glass with lime and roll rim of glass in the Tajín mixture before adding the cocktail to the glass.

Note: Tajín Clásico, a blend of chili peppers, lime, and sea salt, is available at Safeway, Target, and online retailers.

For the cocktail:

Mix in a shaker with ice the mezcal, tequila, and grapefruit juice.

Pour over fresh ice in the Tajín-rimmed glass.

Top with soda water.

Place grapefruit garnish on rim and serve.


Read Nancy’s story of how Jeff Mogalian developed his Fish Taco recipes for his Oakland restaurant.


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