Fresca is the key to a delicious, minimal effort tequila cocktail, especially one with tangy paloma vibes. It’s a grapefruit-citrus soda that’s arguably one of the most underrated mixers of all time, especially for tequila. A Reddit user recommends mixing tequila with any grapefruit soda like Squirt or Fresca, calling it “the fast poor man’s margarita.” And if mezcal, the smoky heavy cousin of this spirit, is more your thing, the blend is a must. The soda’s high acidity helps balance out the intensity of the spirit, leaving you with a drink that will taste like it took a lot longer to make than it actually did.
A splash of grapefruit juice mixed in makes this drink even more complete, but it’s not totally necessary. If you’re in a hurry, all you need is a bottle of liquor and 2 liters of Fresca. If you need inspiration on which mezcal to try, Don Ramon Mezcal Joven is a universal option that serves as a tasteful sipper, as well as something to mix into cocktails that won’t break the bank. Ilegal Mezcal Joven and Mezcal Unión Uno are also affordable bottles that would be very tasty with a touch of Fresca.
And if you’re absolutely desperate, but can’t find Fresca, another popular option to mix with your mezcal is Squirt. As another Reddit user noted of his homemade palomas, “We tried the fancy version with fresh grapefruit juice and club soda and, frankly, the Squirt version is just as good.”