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Your Perfect Spicy Paloma in 5 Ingredients

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Palomas are a great choice if you aren’t feeling in a margarita mood. It still carries the same tequila taste, but usually with grapefruit as the fruit of choice! The Paloma is a cocktail that isn’t talked about as much as a margarita, but it certainly deserves a spot on our go-to list! It’s sneakily delicious and worthy of being made TONIGHT! So, if you want to find out how to kick your Paloma up to the next level with spice and smoke, keep on reading!

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What is a Paloma?

A Paloma is a popular cocktail that originated in Mexico. It is typically made with tequila and grapefruit soda, such as Jarritos or Squirt. The word “paloma” actually means “dove” in Spanish. The cocktail is known for its refreshing and citrusy flavor.

The basic recipe includes tequila, grapefruit soda, lime juice, and salt. It is usually served over ice in a highball glass with a salt-rimmed rim. Some variations of the Paloma may include the addition of simple syrup or agave nectar to sweeten the drink.

The exact origin of the Paloma cocktail is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in Mexico. The Paloma has been a popular drink in Mexico for decades and is often considered the country’s national cocktail, alongside the Margarita.

The earliest known references to the Paloma cocktail date back to the mid-20th century. It is said that the cocktail gained popularity in the 1950s when tequila producers in Mexico started promoting it as an alternative to the Margarita, which was gaining popularity in the United States. The Paloma’s simple recipe and refreshing taste made it a hit among locals and tourists alike.

Traditionally, the Paloma is made with tequila and grapefruit soda. The use of grapefruit soda sets it apart from other tequila-based cocktails that typically use citrus juices like lime or lemon. The combination of tequila’s earthy and agave flavors with the tartness of grapefruit creates a unique and refreshing drink.

Over the years, variations of the Paloma have emerged. Some people prefer to use fresh grapefruit juice instead of grapefruit soda, while others may add additional ingredients like simple syrup or agave nectar to sweeten the cocktail. However, the basic elements of tequila and grapefruit remain constant.

Today, the Paloma is enjoyed both in Mexico and around the world. It has gained popularity as a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail, often served at parties, bars, and Mexican-themed establishments. Its reputation continues to grow, and it has become a beloved classic cocktail among tequila enthusiasts and those looking for a taste of Mexico’s vibrant drinking culture.

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A Classic Paloma with a SPICY Twist

This particular Paloma variation takes the classic recipe to new heights by incorporating a tantalizing blend of flavors. The cocktail starts with the bright and zesty notes of grapefruit juice, which infuses the drink with a vibrant citrus tang. To add a touch of fiery excitement, a homemade jalapeno simple syrup is introduced, infusing the cocktail with a subtle, spicy kick that complements the other ingredients perfectly.

As for the spirit base, premium tequila is carefully selected, bringing its distinct agave flavors and smooth character to the mix. The tequila adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, providing a robust foundation for the other flavors to harmonize. To enhance the tartness and balance the flavors, a squeeze of fresh lime juice is added, imparting a refreshing acidity that ties everything together.

To further elevate the cocktail’s visual appeal and introduce an element of lusciousness, ripe raspberries are gently muddled, releasing their juicy essence into the drink. The muddled raspberries infuse the Paloma with a delicate sweetness and a vibrant, rosy hue, creating a beautiful presentation.

To finish off the cocktail, a splash of soda water is added, imparting a subtle effervescence that lifts the flavors and creates a light, sparkling texture. This effervescence adds a delightful liveliness to the Paloma, making it a perfect sip for warm summer days or festive occasions.

With its combination of tangy grapefruit juice, spirited tequila, spicy jalapeno syrup, zesty lime, muddled raspberries, and effervescent soda water, this variation of the Paloma delivers a multidimensional taste experience. It is a cocktail that balances sweetness, tartness, spice, and freshness, resulting in a captivating and invigorating beverage that is sure to impress and delight cocktail enthusiasts.

Add the Smoke to your Paloma!

To further elevate the sensory experience, this variation of the Paloma can be enhanced by incorporating smoke. Once the cocktail is prepared, it’s time to add the Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker to smoke the cocktail!

As the smoke infuses the cocktail, it imparts a subtle smokiness that adds an intriguing layer of complexity to the overall flavor profile. The gentle smoky notes intertwine with the fruity grapefruit, the earthy tequila, and the spicy jalapeno syrup, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that dance on the palate.

When the cloche is lifted, the captivating aroma of the smoky infusion wafts through the air, further enhancing the sensory experience. The presentation becomes a feast for the senses, with the vibrant colors of the cocktail juxtaposed against the swirling smoke, inviting guests to indulge in a truly immersive and memorable drinking experience.

The smoke not only imparts an additional layer of flavor to the Paloma but also adds an element of sophistication to the serving process. It elevates the cocktail to an experiential level, captivating both the taste buds and the imagination of those fortunate enough to partake in this unique rendition of the classic Paloma.

Spicy Raspberry Paloma

Sweet and spicy!
Prep Time10 minutes
Keyword: grapefruit, jalapeno, lemon peel smoke dust, lime, raspberry, tequila
Servings: 2


  • 1 pot for simple syrup
  • 1 sealable container
  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 Cocktail Muddler
  • 1 garnish skewer
  • 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
  • 1 Butane Torch
  • 1 Cocktail Strainer


Jalapeno Simple Syrup

  • 2 sliced jalapenos
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 8-10 muddled raspberries
  • 1/2 oz spicy simple syrup
  • soda water to top

Garnish & Smoke

  • 1 pinch Lemon Peel Smoke Dust
  • 3 skewered raspberries


Jalapeno Simple Syrup

  • Combine ingredietns into a pot over medium-high heat. Stir until combined and frgrant, about 10 minutes. Take off the heat and pour into a heat-safe container.
    2 sliced jalapenos, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar


  • Muddle raspberries in a bottom of cocktail shaker. Add ice and pour in all ingredietns except soda water. Shake!
    2 oz tequila, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1 oz grapefruit juice, 8-10 muddled raspberries, 1/2 oz spicy simple syrup

Garnish & Smoke

  • Strain into a glass and smoke! Remove smoker and top with sodad water until the glass is full. Garnish with raspberries!
    soda water to top, 1 pinch Lemon Peel Smoke Dust, 3 skewered raspberries

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