This Spicy Paloma Cocktail will surprise your palate with a combination of heat and grapefruit flavors all at once. Tequila teams up with fresh lime and grapefruit, a pink grapefruit spritzer, and a homemade agave simple syrup resulting in a refreshing cocktail that will most certainly become your drink of choice — especially when you are craving something light!
I love a good, balanced cocktail. Long gone are the days when I thought a good cocktail meant it contained more liquor than anything else. While that may be the case for some cocktails, this Paloma is as balanced as one could get. And if all the fresh ingredients are any indication of its taste, you know it’s a good one.
Palomas are typically made with one part tequila and three parts grapefruit soda with a hint of fresh lime juice, but because I always put my spin on things, there are a few differences in my version.
And since we’re speaking on ingredients, let’s jump into what’s inside…
Ingredients you’ll need:
- Tequila, tequila, tequila! You can’t make a Paloma without tequila so this is a must. Use your favorite tequila or add a hint of smokiness to your cocktail by swapping out your tequila for a mezcal. For this recipe, I supported a black-owned brand called, Tequila With Friends (TWF). Their Blanco was a perfect choice.
- The tequila is topped with a small amount of fresh grapefruit juice and fresh lime juice.
- And the homemade jalapeno agave simple syrup balances out the tart by adding a hint of sweetness. The simple syrup is the secret ingredient that makes this cocktail special and it’s also where it gets its heat from. Plus, agave nectar is the healthier option for sweeteners. Hey, we can drink better too! Note: You can make your simple syrup in advance to ensure it is cooled down enough to use in your cocktail.
- The sparkling pink grapefruit spritzer adds a refreshing aspect to the cocktail. It is the finishing ingredient that brings all other ingredients together.
What type of tequila should I use?
There are five types of tequila: Blanco (Silver/White), Joven (Gold), Reposado (Aged), Añejo (Extra-aged), and Extra Añejo (Ultra-aged). For the Paloma, I would recommend going with a Blanco or Reposado. Since Joven is very rare, and Añejo and Extra Añejo are best enjoyed as-is (sipping tequilas), these two types are your best route; and the less expensive than the others.
Is a Paloma similar to a margarita?
Kinda. A Margarita is also made with tequila and fresh lime juice, but it gets its sweetness from an orange liqueur like triple sec or Cointreau. Paloma’s are less sweet than a margarita and it gets its sweetness from the grapefruit. For this twist, simple syrup is also used to provide additional sweetness to the cocktail.
To Make your Paloma:
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add your tequila, lime juice, jalapeno-honey-agave simple syrup, and grapefruit juice. Stir with a long-handled spoon. Top with pink grapefruit spitzer and garnish with lime and a slice of jalapeno (optional).
This cocktail is so tasty and refreshing you can even make a non-alcoholic version by simply removing the tequila!
Thanks to that tasty simple syrup, this cocktail has some kick to it. Perfect for brunch or anytime you want a lighter cocktail. Cheers!Print