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Honey and Thyme Paloma

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: cocktail
Keyword: grapefruit, honey, mezcal, paloma, tequila, thyme
Servings: 2


Honey, Thyme and Grapefruit Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • the peel of 1/2 ruby red grapefruit
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


  • 4 oz Honey, Thyme and Grapefruit Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz Mezcal (or silver tequila)
  • the juice of half a rub red grapefruit
  • the juice of one lime
  • sparkling water, such as San Pellegrino
  • garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, grapefruit slices and reserved grapefruit peel from simple syrup


  • Make the simple syrup: Peel half of a grapefruit (trying to keep long, intact pieces). Combine sugar, honey, water, thyme and grapefruit peel in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely and strain into a jar or airtight container. Reserve grapefruit peel for garnish and discard cooked thyme.
    2. Assemble cocktails: Add simple syrup, mezcal or silver tequila, grapefruit juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Shake well and divide equally over two 8 oz glasses filled with ice. Top each cocktail with sparkling water, and garnish with reserved grapefruit peel, fresh grapefruit slices, and thyme sprigs. Cheers!