Paloma’s Ghost

Recipe Description

If you are familiar with my tastes, you know I don’t care for ice or bubbles in my cocktails, so from the Mojito to the Tom Collins, I usually just take them out. I was headed that way on the Paloma, when I decided to deconstruct it and spice it up.

The simplest version of the Paloma is tequila with grapefruit soda served over ice. This can be a very nice low-calorie cocktail option if you use Fresca diet soda or good grapefruit seltzer (such as Spindrift or La Croix).

In order to get the same great tequila-grapefruit combo without the bubbles, I went for fresh grapefruit juice then threw in a little lime balanced out with an equal amount of simple syrup…then inspiration struck and I swapped out the simple syrup with Caged Heat ghost pepper cocktail syrup and it was a smash hit!


  • 2 ounces Tequila
    Cazadores is my new go-to for mixed tequila drinks.
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
    If the tequila didn't do the trick, this will surely keep the doctor away!
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce Caged Heat Cocktail Syrup
    Be sure to store this in the refrigerator after opening.


Put a cocktail glass in the freezer.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until very cold.

Strain into cold glass.


Serve Paloma’s Ghost in a cold coupé, martini glass or Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with grapefruit or lime twist if desired. For the original tall bubbly type Paloma but with some kick, go ahead and serve this over ice and top with club soda–the ghost will still get you!

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