Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails

February 11, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
This non-alcoholic Paloma recipe is a sophisticated mocktail with sweet, bitter and refreshing flavors.

Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails

Serve bright and punchy glasses of Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails with fresh grapefruit, jalapeños, and lime juice for a refreshing adult beverage without the booze.

Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño Mocktail stuffed with halved-strawberries and jalapeno slices

What is a Paloma?

Palomas are a classic adult drink that's making a big comeback these days. Traditionally, Palomas are made with tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda (like Fresca). These Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails are truly refreshing, easy to make, and has the right amount of heat and sweetness.

I wanted to make a healthier and alcohol-free version. So I replaced the soda with fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and sparkling water (or ginger beer). The result is a healthier drink that's delicious before dinner, in the afternoon, or really any time! Plus, this Refreshing Plum Lemonade is one to try! And if you're into spicier drinks, then this Spicy Jalapeño Cucumber Mocktail, Pineapple Jalapeño Lime Mocktail, and Spicy Watermelon Mojito Mocktail is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Closeup of a Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño \"Paloma\" Mocktail

Ingredients for Spicy Paloma Mocktails

Here's what you need to make these fruit and spicy mocktails:

  • Grapefruits. Choose big, juicy, and heavy fruit to get the most juice from them for your mocktails.
  • Lime. Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Strawberries. These add natural sweetness to balance the acidity of the citrus.
  • Jalapeño. Remove the seeds for less spice in your drink.
  • Raw honey. If you'd like to make these drinks vegan or use a different sweetener, start with my guide to The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes.
  • Ginger beer. Or use sparkling water for a less sweet flavor.

Closeup of a Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño \"Paloma\" Mocktail

Serving Suggestions

Serve these fruity drinks with plenty of edible garnishes. I like adding fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary, as well as juicy grapefruit wedges, sliced strawberries, and more sliced jalapeños.

Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño Mocktail in a glass

Adding Alcohol to Spicy Paloma Mocktails

If some people at your party want to make traditional Palomas with alcohol, it's easy to do. Just add an ounce of tequila to each glass.

Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño \"Paloma\" Mocktail in a small glass

Big-Batch Spicy Paloma Mocktails

If you'd like to make one recipe that feeds a crowd, simply scale up the recipe using the same proportions. Then you can serve up an ice-cold pitcher of non-alcoholic Palomas for kids and adults at your next party.

Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño \"Paloma\" Mocktail in a small glass with halved strawberries, jalapeno slices, and thyme

More Great Mocktail Recipes to Try Next!

Closeup of a Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño \"Paloma\" Mocktail in a small glass filled with halved strawberries, jalapeno slices, and thyme


If you make these Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails, tag @orchidsnsweettea_ on Instagram and hashtag it #orchidsandsweettea

Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño "Paloma" Mocktail in a small glass with halved strawberries, jalapeno slices, and thyme

Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails

February 11, 2022
5 from 1 vote
These Spicy Strawberry Paloma Mocktails are made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and soda water for a refreshing alcohol-free sip!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 servings



  • 2 large grapefruits, roasted + freshly-squeezed
  • 1 lime, freshly-squeezed
  • Sliced strawberries
  • ½ jalapeño, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ginger beer or sparkling water, for topping
  • Crushed ice


  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • Grapefruit wedges
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced jalapeños




  • In a bowl, add the chopped jalapeños and sliced strawberries along with the juice of the broiled grapefruit and lime juice, mulling (crushing) it together until jalapeños and strawberries are mostly broken down. Add the honey and stir until incorporated. Add a pinch of sea salt for heightened flavor. NOTE: Add additional sweetener if needed.
  • ASSEMBLY: For each drink, fill an 4 or 8-ounce glass halfway with crushed ice. Add ½ cup of the mocktail mixture. Garnish with grapefruit wedges, chopped jalapeños, sliced strawberries and lime wedges, and top with ginger beer (or another fizz-like drink) until filled completely. Add a thyme sprig, if desired.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed jar for up to a week. 
  • SWEETENER: Instead of honey, you can always use Agave or maple syrup or create a simple syrup by boiling water with organic cane sugar to sweeten.
  • GRAPEFRUIT: If preferred, you don't have to broil the grapefruit and just use regular grapefruit. 
  • SERVING: To make additional mocktails, simply double or triple ingredients, depending on need.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 3872IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg


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