HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Keepin’ Up With Kylie Cocktail

This is Deck Waikīkī’s take on the classic Mexican Paloma cocktail.

Thanksgiving is next week, and maybe you’re looking for a unique cocktail to serve—or just drink by yourself. (Hey, it’s COVID. We get it.)

Bartender Gerard Grehan from Deck Waikīkī, located in the Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel on Oʻahu, crafts his version of the classic Paloma, a beloved Mexican cocktail that typically combines grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, tequila or mezcal and club soda.

Bartender Gerard Grehan from Deck Waikīkī came up with this twist on the classic Paloma.
Photo: Melissa Chang

This version features a unique combination of those classic Paloma ingredients with Ancho Reyes, a spicy liqueur crafted from ancho and poblano chiles, and grapefruit sherbet. It’s a fun twist on an already fun cocktail.

About the name, the restaurant often names its cocktails after employees and managers. If you want to know the story behind Keepin’ Up With Kylie, you’ll have to ask a server. (He or she will tell you.)


Keepin’ Up With Kylie Cocktail


  • 3/4 oz. ginger-infused mezcal
  • 3/4 oz. Casamigos Reposado tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes
  • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 oz. grapefruit sherbet
  • Splash of soda


Salt the rim of the Collins glass. Add all ingredients except soda water to the shaker. Shake and strain into the Collins glass. Top it off with soda water. Garnish with dried grapefruit.