Blood Orange Paloma
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 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
For the agave-thyme simple syrup:
For the paloma:
- 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.
- Remove the thyme, and chill the syrup in the fridge until cool, about 30 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.