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Simple Jalapeño Paloma

This simple jalapeno Paloma is a quick and refreshing cocktail. Fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, jalapeno simple syrup, lime, and club soda or grapefruit soda. A classic grapefruit Paloma with a slightly spicy kick. Perfect for in season citrus, serve at your next dinner gathering or pool day!

frosty cocktail glass with a fresh jalapeno paloma

Highlights of this simple cocktail recipe:

  • Customizable
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Can be made non-alcoholic
  • Homemade simple syrup
  • Can be made more or less spicy
  • Perfect for a crowd or for a night on the patio
  • No fancy ingredients needed

I like to garnish my Paloma with a mint sprig and a fresh lime wedge!

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I like to serve with extra grapefruit slices, lime wedges, and fresh mint! These Palomas are picture perfect!

Grocery Store List & Substitutions:

  • Grapefruits or fresh grapefruit juice
  • Limes
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Tequila
  • Granulated sugar
  • Jalapeno
  • Club soda or grapefruit soda such as squirt

Variations:

  • Make this non-alcoholic, leave out the tequila and add an extra ounce of both the grapefruit juice and club soda
  • Muddle in fresh mint
  • Leave out the jalapeno and use regular simple syrup
  • Rim with tajin, coarse sugar, or salt
fresh Paloma ingredients

What’s a Paloma drink made of?

Traditionally made of tequila and grapefruit soda such as squirt of Fresca, a Paloma couldn’t be easier. This Spicy Paloma has a few variations like fresh grapefruit juice paired with club soda and a homemade jalapeno simple syrup.

What can I do with leftover jalapeno simple syrup?

Leftover jalapeno simple syrup can be used in several other cocktail such as – a spiced mojito, vodka smash, or homemade margaritas!

Pro tips for the perfect cocktail:

  • Make your own simple syrups, the flavor is so much better and you can customize!
  • Use a cocktail shaker to get a smooth chilled cocktail
  • Use fresh squeezed juices
  • Use crushed ice if possible, I think it gives a restaurant style feeling
  • Enjoy your cocktail immediately
simple jalapeno paloma

Instructions for this fresh cocktail recipe:

For the simple syrup:

  • In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and the sliced jalapeno. Heat over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes until the sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool. Leftover simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a month.

For the Paloma:

  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake well to combine. Pour over a glass filled with ice, top with club soda and garnish with a fresh lime. Enjoy immediately.
paloma garnished with fresh mint

Simple Jalapeño Paloma

5 from 5 votes
Course: Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 161kcal
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Ingredients:  

For the Paloma:

  • 2 oz. Tequila of choice
  • 2 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. Club soda or grapefruit soda
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp Jalapeño simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Coarse salt for rim, if desired

For the simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Jalapeño, thinly sliced, seeds optional

Instructions:

For the simple syrup:

  • In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and the sliced jalapeno. Heat over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes until the sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool. Leftover simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a month.

For the Paloma:

  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake well to combine. Pour over a glass filled with ice, top with club soda and garnish with a fresh lime. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition:

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 161 kcalCarbohydrates: 7 gProtein: 0.4 gFat: 0.1 gSodium: 20 mgPotassium: 111 mgFiber: 0.1 gSugar: 6 gVitamin A: 11 IUVitamin C: 20 mgCalcium: 13 mgIron: 0.3 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

glass with grapefruit paloma and fresh mint

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