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Lavender Paloma Recipe

Excerpted from ‘Trejo’s Cantina: Cocktails, Snacks & Amazing Nonalcoholic Drinks from the Heart of Hollywood’

spinner image lavender paloma in glass with grapefruit slice and sprig of fresh lavender in it
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Makes 1 cocktail

All the cocktail hipsters think the Paloma is some new tequila drink, but Mexicans have been drinking it for decades. This version combines tequila and mezcal in equal parts. Too much mezcal could overwhelm the subtle flavors of the lavender — not traditional, but so nice! — and cutting it with tequila calibrates the whole deal.

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  • ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon lavender syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1½ tablespoons tequila blanco
  • 1½ tablespoons mezcal
  • Ice
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • Sprig of fresh lavender, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, grapefruit juice, lavender syrup, tequila blanco and mezcal. Add 1½ cups ice, seal the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to chill and dilute the cocktail. Open the shaker and add the club soda. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and garnish with the sprig of fresh lavender.


Lavender Syrup

Makes 3 cups

Lavender might not be Mexican, but it sure is an L.A. herb. Mediterranean herbs like this grow like weeds in L.A., and you see lavender growing everywhere from the fancy mansions of Hancock Park to the front yards of little Spanish bungalows in East L.A. It makes this town smell like a candle store on some hot summer days! I love this syrup in iced tea with a little lemon.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 2 cups sugar


In a small pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the lavender. Remove from the heat and let the liquid steep for 10 minutes. Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved.

Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a container, cover and store in the fridge until ready to use.


Cook With Danny

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Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Two more recipes from Trejo’s Cantina for AARP members to try:

Queso Fundido

Topped with spicy-savory chorizo and served with crunchy tortilla chips, this is a knockout-delicious appetizer.

Diablo Eggs

This version turns up the heat with a combination of fresh and pickled jalapeños and hot sauce.

Read About Danny Trejo's cookbook, Trejo's Cantina.


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