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grapefruit paloma cocktail in tall glass, silver tray, grapefruit and verbena garnish

Peppercorn Paloma

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Add some savory peppercorn and sweet ginger notes to a traditional tequila classic with this Peppercorn Paloma. Hints of pepper’s heat and flavor float around in the bubbles of the grapefruit soda to give a touch more complexity to the common Paloma. If you love smoke, add a touch of mezcal to change the flavor profile substantially.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine tequila cocktail
Servings 1


  • 1 ½ oz tequila blanco
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz Big O Ginger Liqueur
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 barspoon black peppercorn tincture
  • 8 or 9 peppercorns, a few smacked lightly with the side of a knife to crack them a bit
  • Garnish: lemon verbena, whole peppercorns, grapefruit peel


  • In a tall glass, combine tequila, both juices, ginger liqueur and peppercorn tincture along with the cracked peppercorn. Stir well, then add ice. Top off the cocktail with a healthy pour of grapefruit soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice, peel or additional peppercorn. And a little sprig of lemon verbena if you have it.
Keyword chili lime, ginger, grapefruit, paloma, peppercorn, tequila
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