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Warm up to the Paloma en Fuego

It’s summer and we Madisonians want to be outdoors. We’re firing up our grills and hosting barbecues. So why not bring a little heat to our cocktails, too?

Paloma en Fuego, a tequila cocktail at Eldorado Grill, may be just the drink to warm you up to the idea. Bartender Dylon Tubb created it as a play on the paloma, the classic Mexican libation of tequila and grapefruit juice. He adds mezcal, a tequila cousin made from agave that brings a distinct taste.

“The smoky flavor it gives is completely unmistakable,” Tubb says. “It adds an extra complexity.”

The mezcal along with grapefruit and lime juices form an intriguing back-and-forth between warmly smoky and sweetly tart. Yet Tubb’s the first to admit that the smoky flavor isn’t for everyone. “Really, it’s a love or hate kind of thing,” he says. “I always let people smell the bottle first.”

Those who can stand the heat enjoy the cocktail along with the spicy Southwestern and Mexican cuisine at Eldorado. Come on a weekend when there’s live music for an even mas grande celebration of summer.

RECIPE: Paloma en Fuego

1 1/2 oz Scorpion Silver Mezcal
3/4 oz Patron Citronge
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz agave syrup

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange slice.

Recipe courtesy of Eldorado Grill, 744 Williamson St., 280-9378, eldoradogrillmadison.com.

Katie Vaughn is associate editor at Madison Magazine.

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