Since the sun stayed out for consecutive days in Northern California, I was inspired to make a great sunny day drink (you can make this without the Mezcal, it's very refreshing). Traditionally a Paloma is made with tequila and it's the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico (yes, it beats out a Margarita). Adding Mezcal (Tequila's fraternal twin as it is also made from the agave plant) instead of tequila gives the drink a bit more depth as it can be a bit smokier in flavor.
There are so many recipes for a Paloma many call for grapefruit soda, but I don't drink soda and I find fresh squeezing or muddling fruit provides a much better flavor (you can create your own soda) and cuts back on some of the sweetness.
1 Grapefruit (you will get two servings)
Juicer/Hand Juicer/Squeeze by hand
Spoon/Shaker (you can stir or shake)
Into a shaker or glass
Squeeze 1/2 Grapefruit (this is about 1/4 cup) +save 1/4 of a half for garnish
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp or 1tbsp of Agave Nectar (depending on the sweetness I prefer 1tsp)
1/4 cup of Mezcal should be equal parts to the grapefruit juice (I also prefer a smoky Mezcal like Veda)*
Mix ingredients 1-4 together wither in a glass with a spoon or in a shaker
Use 1/4 of grapefruit wedge to rim glass and dip in salt
Pour ingredients 1-4 into low ball glass (many use a highball but this isn't my preference)
Top with club soda and place 1/4 grapefruit wedge on the rim of the glass
*remove the mezcal for a great non-alcoholic beverage