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  • Writer's pictureLiz Rhoades

The Wu-wei-zi Paloma: a Refreshing Adaptogen Cocktail

Comprised of tequila, grapefruit, and lime the Paloma cocktail is a refreshing classic. This rendition shakes things up with the addition of sage and schisandra berry extract (aka Wu-wei-zi). The wu-wei-zi berry is within a class of plants known as adaptogens, which help your body defend against stressors. After living through the year of 2020, we all could use a little boost. Cheers to 2021!

The Wu-wei-zi Paloma

  • 2 oz blanco tequila

  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice

  • 0.3 oz simple syrup

  • 1.25 oz grapefruit juice

  • 0.5-0.75 ml schisandra berry extract

  • 4 leaves of sage

  • pinch kosher salt

  • Grapefruit soda (to top)

  • Cava (to top)



  1. Tear sage into pieces and muddle with the kosher salt

  2. Omitting the Cava and soda, add all other ingredients into a shaker

  3. Add ice and shake

  4. Double strain into a salt-rimmed glass and top with the soda and Cava

  5. After a quick stir, add ice and garnish with dehydrated grapefruit wheel (optional)


Schisandra Berry Extract

  • 20 g dried berries/ 100 ml 75% neutral spirit

  • Steep for 2-4 weeks at ambient temperature

  • Discard spent berries

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