Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe — We’ve added a kick to your traditional Paloma cocktail with some spice!

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Good news. We’ve all made it to Friday again. And we’re back with another #SipsForSummer cocktail for you to make this weekend!

The bad news is that I’m predictable enough (after this cocktail story) to still be on a spicy cocktail kick.

And now I’m helping/forcing you to jump on the bandwagon too with this simple Spicy Paloma recipe!

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The Spice Factor | Jalapeño Simple Syrup

What adds kick to the Paloma? Our jalapeño simple syrup is what makes this Paloma cocktail spicy.

If you’re not totally sure that you’re going to love this drink enough to go through the trouble of making your own spicy simple syrup, you can always take a simpler route.

Just add a jalapeño slice or two to the Paloma recipe by itself to see what you think first!

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Can I Make This Cocktail Not Spicy?

Before you non-spicy lovers go running, you can always skip the spicy portion for regular simple syrup to make a traditional Paloma. 

And it’s as simple as mixing three ingredients together! Doesn’t get much easier than that, right? 

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Ingredients Needed For Jalapeño Simple Syrup

  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Sugar
  • Water

How To Make A Jalapeño Simple Syrup

1 — Prep the jalapeños by removing the stems, slicing into rounds, and then removing the seeds and membrane. You can leave the seeds and membrane intact if you’re wanting it extra spicy, though!

2 — Next, bring the water to a boil and add in the sugar by continuously mixing until it’s fully dissolved. Add the jalapeño to the sugar water and let it come to a boil again. Then, let it simmer for 10 minutes.

3 — Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool completely until it’s back to room temperature. Strain/remove the jalapeños from the simple syrup. Once it cool, it’s ready for mixing cocktails!

 

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How To Store Jalapeño Simple Syrup

You can store your jalapeño simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

 
 

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Ingredients To Make Paloma Cocktail

  • Tequila
  • Fresh grapefruit juice, strained
  • Jalapeño simple syrup — Refer to our recipe.
  • Lime — You’ll only need a squeeze in each cocktail.
  • Splash of grapefruit soda water — We used La Croix, but you can also use regular soda water.
  • Jalapeño slice, sugar and sea salt mixture for garnishing

 

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How To Make A Spicy Paloma Cocktail

1 —  If you’re dressing up your rim, run a lime wedge across the top of your glass and dip it into the sugar and sea salt mixture before assembling your cocktail.

2 — In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, grapefruit juices, spicy simple syrup, and squeeze of lime juice over ice. Shake and then strain and pour over ice into your dress glass.

3 — If you want an extra spicy version, you can top with a jalapeño slice with the membrane still intact, or remove the seeds and membrane for a mild (and cute!) garnish on top.

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Other Spicy Cocktails To Try

If you love a bit of kick to your cocktails, check out a few of our favorite recipes from our archives —

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What do you think?! Are you down for trying a little bit of spice with your summer sips?

For my fellow spicy lovers, what are some of your other favorite drinks with a kick? I’m looking to branch out so definitely link to your recipe for me to try!

photo of the spicy Paloma cocktail recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Spicy Paloma Cocktail 

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Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Print Recipe
4.5 from 4 votes
We’ve added a kick to your traditional Paloma cocktail with some spice!
Total Time40 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

For the Jalapeño Simple Syrup:

  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the Paloma:

  • 1 oz tequila
  • 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice strained
  • 1 oz jalapeño simple syrup
  • 1 lime You’ll only need a squeeze!
  • Splash of grapefruit soda water We used La Croix, but you can also use regular soda water.
  • 1 jalapeño slice and sugar and sea salt mixture for garnishing

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 207kcal

Notes

  • Store your jalapeño simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  • If you don't want to make the jalapeño simple syrup but still want the spice, add a jalapeño slice or two to the Paloma recipe by itself!
  • You can omit the peppers if you don't want the kick.

Instructions

To make the Jalapeño Simple Syrup:

  • Prep the jalapeños by removing the stems, slicing into rounds, and then removing the seeds and membrane. You can leave the seeds and membrane intact if you’re wanting it extra spicy, though!
  • Bring the water to a boil and add in the sugar by continuously mixing until it’s fully dissolved. Add the jalapeño to the sugar water and let it come to a boil again, then let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool completely until it’s back to room temperature and strain/remove the jalapeños from the simple syrup. Once it cool, it’s ready for mixing cocktails!

To make the Spicy Jalapeño Paloma:

  • If you’re dressing up your rim, run a lime wedge across the top of your glass and dip it into the sugar and sea salt mixture before assembling your cocktail.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, grapefruit juices, spicy simple syrup, and squeeze of lime juice over ice. Shake and then strain and pour over ice into your dress glass.
  • If you want an extra spicy version, you can top with a jalapeño slice with the membrane still intact, or remove the seeds and membrane for a mild (and cute!) garnish on top.
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18 thoughts on “Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe”

  1. These were so good! Thank you for the recipe! So I actually wanted to make a large batch for a party- one punch bowl served about 10-15. I doubled the recipe for the jalapeño simple syrup. For the rest I used 2 cups tequila, 2 cups jalapeño simple syrup, 3 cups grapfruit juice plus half of a fresh grapfruit squeezed into bowl with pulp. About 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lime. I just eyed this one- I used lime juice and fresh squeezed limes and just tasted it till I thought it was enough. I then cute grapefruit rounds and lime rounds as garnish for the punch bowl. Served over ice this drink was a huge hit!!

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  2. I made these for my NYE party and they were a huge hit! A couple tips. One is that if you remove all the seeds from the jalapenos and only let them simmer for 10 min, the syrup will not get spicy. I ended up simmering for about 30 min, at which point i took some of the seeds i removed and added them in. so i recommend leaving the seeds in, simmering 10 min, then taste to see where you’re at. another recommendation – use a touch less tequila and then sub in a little bit of mezcal. it makes the cocktail even more complex with that hint of smokiness. cheers!

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  3. It’s so funny that you posted this, just saw where Svedka vodka makes a Grapefruit & Jalapeno vodka this weekend, didn’t sound very good, but this recipe makes the combo sound better! :)

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  4. Looks delicious!!! I would probably be TKO after one. I hope game night consists of Quelf and Bananagrams. Both of these are the best.

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  5. Love this ! I have a simple go to recipe for spicy drink which is mainly coconut water with jalapeno and a little mint. Love it … for the extra kick throw in a little vodka ;) Also, how great are those gold coasters!!! where are they from?

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  6. Mmm, what a deliciously spicy drink! I’ve never heard of putting jalapeño peppers in a cocktail… love it!

    Jessica
    www.jessicarmyers.com

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  7. I love the combo of the spicy and the citrus! We’ll have to try this in mocktail version soon!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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