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The combination of tequila and grapefruit might conjure visions of ice-cold relief during a scorching Texas afternoon, but in addition to being a summertime favorite, the paloma makes an apt fall cocktail. For starters, the temperatures in a Texas autumn would pass for summer ones in other parts of the country. Then there’s the fact that tequila is delicious any time of year. But perhaps most important, Texas grapefruit season kicked off in October, making the citrus a perfect addition to autumnal menus.The bar staff at Ellis Motel in Round Top shake up a spicy paloma using fresh grapefruit that grows in the Rio Grande Valley through winter. Unlike a traditional paloma, this recipe calls for mezcal (as well as tequila) for a slightly smoky…

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