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Jalapeño Paloma
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Spicy, smoky, and a little salty...the jalapeño paloma is a party in a glass. The grapefruit juice balances out the heat from homemade jalapeño simple syrup, and the mezcal brings the wow factor!

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno paloma, paloma
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 358 kcal
Jalapeño Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 water
  • 2 jalapeños, coarsely chopped
Jalapeño Paloma
  • 2 oz jalapeño simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz mezcal
  • 4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Grapefruit wedge and jalapeño slices for garnish
  • Ice/cocktail shaker
Jalapeño Simple Syrup
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 15 mins. Strain and reserve.

Jalapeño Paloma
  1. Pour some salt onto a plate, then rub the edges of two tumblers with a grapefruit slice and dip into salt. Fill the glasses with ice.

  2. Combine all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into two glasses. Garnish with grapefruit and jalapeño slices.
Recipe Notes

Recipe yields about 6 oz jalapeño simple syrup.

  • If you're new to mezcal, take a sip first before you shake up your cocktail. If the smokiness is too assertive for you, try half mezcal/half tequila.
  • The jalapeño simple syrup makes enough for 6 cocktails. You can easily double, triple, or quadruple it. Store the extra syrup strained and covered in the frig for several days.
  • The heat in the syrup will increase as it steeps with the chopped jalapeño in it. Leave it longer to kick it up even more!
  • Use a spicy salt on the rim to add even more flavor and heat.
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Paloma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Sugar 56g62%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 36.1mg44%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.