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Non-Alcoholic Smoky Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Like tequila? Try: Lyre’s Agave Blanco.

Crisp and citrusy, with a peppery bite, this agave alternative comes recommended by Chris Marshall, founder of Austin-based Sans Bar. “You get an approximation of the traditional spirit’s profile with an opportunity to build really fresh and nuanced zero-proof cocktails,” he says.  

Smoky Paloma

Courtesy Chris Marshall, founder of Sans Bar, Austin, TX

Proof that zero proof doesn’t have to equal boring, this non-alcoholic Paloma variation gets a dramatic smoked-glass presentation and flavorful sage syrup.


Dried sage
2 ounces Lyre’s Agave Blanco
3 ounces grapefruit juice
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce sage simple syrup*
Grapefruit wedge, for garnish


Smoke-treat a chilled rocks glass by lightly burning dried sage and putting the glass facedown over the smoke. In a shaker, combine remaining ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

*How to make sage simple syrup

In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add 2 bunches fresh sage and steep, simmering, for 15–20 minutes. Strain out sage, then simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 cups sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerated, keeps about 2 weeks.