Blood Orange Paloma

Servings: 1

    For the agave-thyme simple syrup:
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • For the paloma:
  • Ice
  • 3 oz fresh-squeezed blood orange juice (1 to 2 blood oranges)
  • 1 ½ oz mezcal
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz agave-thyme simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Blood orange slice, for garnish

  1. To make the agave-thyme simple syrup: In a small pot, combine the water, sugar, agave nectar, and thyme. Simmer for 5 minutes. Note: you can store any leftover simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Remove the thyme, and chill the syrup in the fridge until cool, about 30 minutes.
  3. To make the paloma: In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice, blood orange juice, mezcal, lemon juice, and agave-thyme simple syrup and shake heartily.
  4. Pour into a short tumbler filled with ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a slice of blood orange and a sprig of thyme. Cheers!


Palomas are a great, unfussy batch cocktail for parties. Just vigorously stir the ingredients into your vessel of choice instead of using a shaker.