Jalapeño Paloma

Welcome back to the Cinco de Mayo festivities here on IBC. If you’re new to the party, you might want to start here. However, if you’ve been following along, here’s today’s second cocktail recipe: Jalapeño Paloma!

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Jalapeño Paloma:

Did you know that the Paloma, not the margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail? Yep. I’m not kidding. While margaritas are more popular here in the US, the Paloma is king in Mexico. Because of this, I had to include a Paloma in IBC’s Cinco De Mayo celebration. However, in true IBC style, I decided to turn up the heat.

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How to Make a Paloma:

Traditionally, a Paloma is made by combining tequila (Reposedo is best.), lime juice, grapefruit soda, and a bit of salt (on the rim of the glass or in the cocktail.) That’s it. Tequila pairs really well with citrus. It’s a simple combination, but it works beautifully.

Jalapeño Paloma | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCcincodemayo

Jalapeño Paloma | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCcincodemayo

To give it a bit of kick, I’m adding a couple of fresh jalapeño slices. There’s something about that heat and flavor in a drink that I really love. (Bringing a a hint of heat to a cocktail is something I like to do. You will find more examples here and here.) You can add more or less jalapeño depending on your preference.

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Also, the simple syrup in this recipe is optional. If you prefer things less sweet or more tart and earthy, leave it out. However, if you enjoy a touch of sweetness in your cocktails, throw it in.

Jalapeño Paloma | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCcincodemayo

Jalapeño Paloma | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCcincodemayo

No matter what variation you make, you should definitely give this beloved cocktail a try.

Jalapeño Paloma | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCcincodemayo

It’s certainly pretty, right? I love that coral pink color. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, those spectacular gold pineapple glasses were a HomeGoods find.)

Jalapeño Paloma | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCcincodemayo

If you’re throwing your own Cinco de Mayo party, I definitely recommend adding this to your lineup. While margaritas are a must, it’s nice to introduce something different to your guests.

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I hope you’re enjoying this fabulous fiesta. For more Cinco de Mayo ideas and recipes, follow along via the links below. You can also check out my Pinterest board for even more inspiration.

IBC Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Tuesday Tunes: Cinco de Mayo Playlist
Vanilla Pineapple Margaritas
Jalapeño Paloma – you are here
Tequila Lime Chicken Kabobs
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes
DIY Mini Piñata Box

Jalapeño Paloma Recipe:

Jalapeño Paloma

serves 1

1 ½ parts Sauza® tequila
3 parts freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
½ part freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ part freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ part simple syrup*
2 fresh jalapeño slices
Soda water
Kosher salt, lemon wedge, and lime wedge for garnish

Begin by rubbing the rim of a glass with a lime wedge, and then dip the glass into kosher salt. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle two slices of jalapeño with a splash of the tequila. Add the remaining tequila, lemon, lime, grapefruit juice, simple syrup* and ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge and lime wedge.

*The simple syrup is optional. If you prefer your drinks a bit sweeter, it is recommended.


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  • Carol Griffin at

    This cocktail sounds delicious! Will be making it for sure. Love those pineapple glasses…a sign of our Southern Hospitality and I love HomeGoods AND I especially love your blog!

  • Eden Passante at

    Love a little spice to my cocktail! These sound amazing!

  • Sandra at

    I am planning a gals tennis evening and did not realize it is scheduled on Cinco de Mayo. Now I have the perfect drink to share! What a great find the glasses with the pineapple stems are. They say ‘welcome’ in the most southern style and would be so perfect for my party Beaufort, South Carolina! Hurry and post the recipes! Cannot wait to see the menu. Sandra

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