Spicy Paloma Cocktail

Part margarita, part greyhound, all spice…

Tired of leaning on the margarita when thinking of spicy Mexican cocktails? Have you tried a spicy paloma? It’s grapefruit-based like a greyhound cocktail with the tangy lime of the margarita. Yeah, it’s tasty, and one of the most popular cocktails in Mexico. In the U.S., it’s nowhere near the popularity of the margarita, so it’s the perfect refreshing drink to make to wow your friends.

The heat source in our spicy paloma is jalapeño simple syrup. You can buy this ingredient perhaps at specialty shops, but it’s also very simple to make. Take a look at our jalapeño simple syrup recipe to get started. Don’t forget to keep some jalapeños to the side to cut into wheels to act as an alternative garnish instead of the typical grapefruit slices. 

Spicy Paloma Cocktail

Spicy Paloma Cocktail

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Servings 1 drink


  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce jalapeño simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Splash grapefruit soda water
  • Jalapeño wheels or grapefruit for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker over ice, add the tequila, jalapeño simple syrup, grapefruit juice, soda water, and lime juice.
  • Shake the cocktail, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a jalapeño slice or a slice of grapefruit.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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