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Slightly Spicy Paloma

  • Author: carmeninthegarden


Feeling a little spicy? This is your cocktail. The spice comes from a habanero simple syrup that you can easily scale up or down if you don’t want as much spice.


  • 2 habanero peppers, roughly chopped
  • 11/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Tequila
  • Contreau
  • Ice
  • Rim Salt
  • Lime
  • Ice

What tools you need

  • Cocktail shaker or mason jar with lid
  • Shot glass
  • Heavy bottomed glass


  1. In a pot, combine habanero peppers, sugar, and water. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove habanero peppers and let simple syrup cool. Transfer to a container and let cool completely. 
  2. Using a wedge of lime, wet rim of serving glass and put salt on the rim. 
  3. In a cocktail shaker or mason jar: combine 4 ice cubes, 2 tablespoons habanero syrup, 2 shots grapefruit juice, 1 shot tequila, 1 shot cointreau. Shake it!!
  4. Pour all of it in to serving glass. Serve immediately.