Paloma’s are such a staple drink for us. They are easy to make, use simple ingredients, and you can customize it to your liking. And if you know us, you know that we like things spicy. We also love chili (or is it chile?) flavors with a hint of smoke. That is why we made this mezcal chili paloma. It uses mezcal to give a hint of smoke, and a chile liqueur by Ancho Reyes. They use high-quality ancho chilis to make an original ancho flavor and a verde flavor. Both are exceptional products and pair well with the grapefruit and mezcal in this mezcal chili paloma.

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mezcal chili paloma

how to make a mezcal chili paloma


  • 1 1/2 oz mezcal (sub tequila if you don’t like smokey mezcal)
  • ¾ oz chili liqueur 
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz agave
  • club soda, top
  • chili pepper, garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice except club soda. Shake until chilled. Strain into prepared collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with chili pepper. Cin Cin!

If you are looking for dried peppers, you can likely find some good ones at your local grocery store or you can order some on Amazon and make salsa with the chilis you have left over!

mezcal chili paloma

some general tasting notes for the chili liqueur in this mezcal chili paloma

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If you have never had any sort of chili liqueur it’s a good time to start looking into them. For the people who don’t like it spicy, this may or may not be for you. The chili liqueurs don’t tend to be overly spicy as the provide a nice balance of sweet and bold chili flavors.

  1. Anchor Eyes Verde Chili Liqueur:
    • Look: Bright green like fresh peppers.
    • Smell: Smells like lively green chili with a bit of herbal freshness.
    • Taste: It’s zesty with a spicy kick that builds up slowly. There’s a touch of sweetness balancing the heat.
    • Aftertaste: Leaves a warm feeling, not too strong, just right.
  2. Anchor Eyes Rojo Chili Liqueur:
    • Look: Bold reddish brown, showing off the richness of red chilies.
    • Smell: Smells robust, a mix of ripe red chili with a hint of sweetness and smokiness.
    • Taste: Complex and rich, with a balance of sweet and smoky notes. The heat adds depth to the flavor.
    • Aftertaste: Leaves a warm and slightly sweet feeling, giving you a nice balance of spice.

mezcal chili paloma


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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