Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Spicy Paloma Cocktail Recipe with Watercolor Illustrated Cocktail Art Print by Simply Jessica Marie

Summertime is meant for long afternoons by the pool, on a boat at the lake, or sitting in the sand on the beach. And I've found the perfect refreshing cocktail recipe to go along with all of those toasty outdoor activities - the Spicy Paloma!


makes: 1 Spicy Paloma
recipe adapted from Sugar and Cloth

  • 1 ounce of tequila
  • 3 ounces of fresh squeezed and strained grapefruit juice
  • 1 squeeze of lime
  • 3 jalapeño slices
  • Sugar and sea salt for garnish


  1. Begin by rimming your cocktail glass - take a slice of lime and run it over the top of your glass. Mix together your sugar and sea salt in a bowl, and dip your glass into the mixture.

  2. Combine your tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, squeeze of lime, 2 jalapeño slices and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, so that the jalapeños release their heat to create spice! Then, strain and pour over ice into your cocktail glass.

  3. Add the remaining jalapeño slice into your cocktail - either with or without the seeds and membrane, depending on how spicy you want your cocktail to be! 

  4. Create a few more for friends, and enjoy!

Wouldn't this be such a tasty cocktail hour treat? If you make this Spicy Paloma cocktail recipe, I'd love to see how it turns out for you! Feel free to share a photo on Instagram and use #sjmcocktails so I can follow along!