Hibiscus Paloma Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Paloma is a beloved cocktail in Mexico, often more popular than the Margarita. It traditionally features grapefruit soda and tequila. The Hibiscus Paloma is a delightful twist, incorporating the floral notes of hibiscus, which is a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine, particularly in beverages like 'Agua de Jamaica'. It's a refreshing choice for those who enjoy a balance of tart and sweet flavors, with a floral undertone that makes it quite unique.

  • Popularity: Favored in warm climates and beach settings.
  • Occasions: Perfect for brunches, summer gatherings, or as a sundowner.
  • Variations: Can be made with different sweeteners or citrus juices.

How Hibiscus Paloma Tastes?

The Hibiscus Paloma is a harmonious blend of sweet and tart, with the tanginess of grapefruit juice and the subtle sweetness of hibiscus syrup. The white tequila provides a smooth, agave-forward base, while the club soda adds a refreshing fizz. The salted rim brings a savory contrast that enhances the overall flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Hibiscus Paloma

  • The hibiscus flower is not only used for its flavor but also for its vibrant color, which adds a beautiful hue to the cocktail.
  • Palomas are traditionally served in a highball glass, which allows for the perfect ratio of ingredients and ice.
  • Hibiscus has been used in traditional medicine and is believed to have health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure.


Grapefruit Wedge

Used as both a garnish and for preparing the salted rim. The citrus aromatics accentuate the drink's freshness. Without it, you'd miss out on some zest.

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Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Here for the bitter-sweet flair and the signature Paloma flavor profile. Less juice makes a stiffer drink, more juice makes it fruitier.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Provides a bright, sharp tang to cut through sweetness. Too much can over-sour the cocktail, too little makes it cloy.

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Hibiscus Simple Syrup

Adds a floral, crimson twist. Without this, it's just a normal Paloma. Swap with agave for a less floral but still sweet alternative.

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White Tequila

The spirit backbone. Tequila's herbal notes play well with grapefruit. Using mezcal could add a smoky dimension.

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Club Soda

Brings the fizz, without overwhelming the other flavors. Skip it, and your cocktail falls flat—literally.

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Kosher Salt

The rim garnish. It heightens flavor perception and adds texture. No salt rim means a less vibrant taste excursion.

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Recipe. How to make Hibiscus Paloma Drink

  1. Prepare Hibiscus Simple Syrup:
    • Boil water, steep hibiscus flowers, strain, dissolve sugar, and cool.
  2. Salt the Rim:
    • Rub rim with grapefruit wedge, dip in kosher salt.
  3. Mix the Cocktail:
    • In the glass, combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and hibiscus syrup.
    • Stir in tequila.
    • Add ice and top with club soda.
  4. Garnish:
    • Place grapefruit wedge on the rim or float it in the drink.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail colder for longer.
  • Use freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the hibiscus syrup to taste; some may prefer a more floral note.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The acidity of the grapefruit and lime would complement the fresh, bright flavors of ceviche.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The smoky flavor from the grill harmonizes with the fruity and floral notes of the cocktail.


  • Chicken Tacos: The crispness of the Paloma is a refreshing counterbalance to the spice of seasoned chicken.


  • Chips and Guacamole: The saltiness of the chips and the richness of the avocado are great accompaniments to the tangy and sweet cocktail.

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What you could change in Hibiscus Paloma

  • Tequila: Use a reposado tequila for a deeper flavor.
  • Hibiscus Simple Syrup: If unavailable, a raspberry or blackberry syrup can provide a similar color and a fruity note.
  • Club Soda: Sparkling mineral water can be used for a more mineral taste.

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Spicy Hibiscus Paloma

  • Add a few slices of jalapeño to the shaker before mixing. This will give the drink a spicy kick that contrasts the sweetness.

Hibiscus-Infused Tequila Paloma

  • Infuse your tequila with dried hibiscus flowers for several days before making the cocktail. It enhances the hibiscus flavor and deepens the color.

Hibiscus Paloma Punch

  • Multiply the recipe by 8 and mix in a large punch bowl. Float slices of grapefruit and lime, and edible hibiscus flowers for a festive party option.

In case you forgot basics how to make Hibiscus Paloma

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hibiscus Paloma

What is the origin of the Paloma cocktail?

The Paloma cocktail is a classic Mexican drink, widely believed to have originated in the state of Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila.

How does the flavor of hibiscus influence a cocktail?

Hibiscus adds a floral and slightly tart note to cocktails, also imparting a vibrant color that makes drinks visually appealing.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Hibiscus Paloma?

Absolutely! Substitute tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit alternative or simply increase the amounts of grapefruit and lime juices.

What is the best time of year to enjoy a Hibiscus Paloma?

While a Hibiscus Paloma can be enjoyed year-round, it's especially refreshing during the spring and summer months.

Is the Hibiscus Paloma suitable for a party cocktail menu?

Certainly, its vibrant colors and refreshing taste make it an excellent choice for social gatherings and parties.

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