March 7, 2023 | Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Patricia Valbrun
The Spicy Paloma is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves bold and delicious flavors. With its perfect balance of sweet and spicy, this drink is sure to impress even the most discerning cocktail connoisseur.
If you’re on the hunt for a cocktail that will tantalize your taste buds, the Spicy Paloma is a must-try.
This drink is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a party, savoring happy hour with friends, or simply need to relax after a long day.
Spicy Paloma Ingredients
Together, these ingredients create a delicious and complex cocktail that is both sweet and tangy, with a spicy kick and a touch of smokiness from the tequila.
- Tequila. The main alcohol in the cocktail that provides a smooth and smoky flavor that pairs well with the grapefruit and other ingredients.
- Fresh grapefruit juice. Provides a tangy and refreshing citrus flavor that is a key component of the Paloma cocktail.
- Agave. A natural sweetener that adds a subtle sweetness to the cocktail and balances the tartness of the grapefruit juice.
- Hot honey. A spicy honey that adds a kick of heat to the cocktail and enhances the other flavors.
- Tajin. A Mexican seasoning made from chili powder, lime, and salt that is used to rim the glass and adds a spicy and tangy flavor to the cocktail.
- Ginger syrup. Adds a spicy and slightly sweet flavor that complements the grapefruit and tequila.
- Lime juice. Adds a bright and zesty flavor that balances the sweetness of the agave and hot honey.
- Sparkling grapefruit water. Adds a light and effervescent quality to the cocktail, while also enhancing the grapefruit flavor.
Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe
The key to a great Spicy Paloma is using high-quality ingredients. What makes the Spicy Paloma stand out is its unique flavor profile. The end result is a beautiful and delicious cocktail that is sure to impress.
- Start with 3 ounces of your favorite tequila, followed by 3 ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
- For a hint of sweetness, add 1/2 ounce of agave nectar. To give the drink a little kick, add 1/2 ounce of hot honey and 1/4 ounce of ginger syrup and 1/4 of tajin.
- Shake all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice until well combined.
- Once your ingredients are combined, it’s time to pour the mixture over ice in a glass.
- Top it off with a splash of sparkling grapefruit water and sprinkle a 1/4 teaspoon of tajin over the top of the cocktail for an added kick.
Go ahead and give it a try at your next gathering, and impress your friends and family with your mixology skills.
What Kind of Tequila Is Best for Palomas?
I used Milagros Tequila in this recipe but you can use any kind of tequila you prefer, but a good quality tequila will yield the best results.
Can I Use Bottled Grapefruit Juice Instead Of Fresh Grapefruit Juice?
While fresh grapefruit juice is recommended for the best flavor, bottled grapefruit juice can be used as a substitute.
Is There A Substitute For Hot Honey If I Don’t Have It On Hand?
If you don’t have hot honey, you can use regular honey and add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder for a similar effect.
Where Can I Find Ginger Syrup For The Recipe?
You can purchase my favorite ginger syrup on Amazon from Liber and Co. Ginger syrup can typically be found in the cocktail mixers section of your local liquor store, or you can make your own by simmering sliced ginger with sugar and water.
Can I Make A Non-Alcoholic Version Of The Spicy Paloma?
Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit, such as Seedlip or Ritual Zero Proof Tequila.
Frequently Asked Questions
How spicy is the cocktail, and can I adjust the level of heat?
- The level of heat can be adjusted by adding more or less hot honey or cayenne pepper, depending on your preference.
What type of glass should I serve the Spicy Paloma in?
- The Spicy Paloma is traditionally served in a highball or Collins glass.
Can I make a large batch of the cocktail for a party?
- Yes, you can easily make a large batch of the cocktail by increasing the ingredient quantities and mixing them in a pitcher or punch bowl.
Is there a garnish that works well with the Spicy Paloma?
- A slice of grapefruit or a sprig of fresh rosemary make great garnishes for the Spicy Paloma.
How many calories are in the Spicy Paloma?
- The calorie count of the Spicy Paloma will vary depending on the specific ingredients used, but a standard recipe with 3 ounces of tequila, grapefruit juice, and agave nectar typically contains around 200-250 calories per serving.
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Spicy Paloma Cocktail
- 3 ounces tequila
- 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce agave
- 1/2 ounce hot honey
- 1/4 ounce ginger syrup
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon tajin
- sparkling grapefruit water
- Prepare your cocktail glass by filling it with ice.
- In a shaker, combine 3 oz of tequila, 3 oz of fresh grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz of agave, 1/2 oz of hot honey, 1/4 teaspoon of tajin, 1/4 oz of ginger syrup, and 1/2 oz of lime juice.
- Shake the mixture well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Strain the mixture into the prepared glass, over the ice.
- Top off the glass with sparkling grapefruit water.
- Serve and enjoy!
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