I’m not usually a huge fan of tequila but I adore this cocktail. I stubbled upon it on Pinterest and my boyfriend had this lovely tequila stashed away so I decided to use it into make something delicious.

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SPICY PALOMA (YIELDS ONE DRINK)

1 OZ. OF TEQUILA (I used Grand Mayan, Ultra Aged)

3 OZ. OF FRESH GRAPEFRUIT JUICE, STRAINED 

1 OZ. OF JALAPEÑO SIMPLE SYRUP (SEE BELOW)

1 LIME (YOU’LL ONLY NEED A SQUEEZE!) 

SPLASH OF GRAPEFRUIT SODA WATER ( YOU CAN ALSO USE REGULAR SODA WATER)  

 1 JALAPEÑO SLICE AND SUGAR AND SEA SALT MIXTURE FOR GARNISHING

– If you’re dressing up your rim, run a lime wedge across the top of your glass and dip it into the sugar and sea salt mixture before assembling your cocktail.

– Next, combine the tequila, grapefruit juices, spicy simple syrup, and squeeze of lime juice over ice in a cocktail glass, shake, and then strain and pour over ice into your dress glass.

– If you want an extra spicy version, you can top with a jalapeño slice with the membrane still intact, or remove the seeds and membrane for a mild (and cute!) garnish on top.

FOR JALAPENO SIMPLE SYRUP

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

1 jalapeño, cut lengthwise, seeds removed

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and 1 cup water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the jalapeño and let sit for 1 hour or overnight. Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator until using.

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