DRINK UP: Lavender Jalapeño Paloma

I’m a sucker for grapefruit based cocktails in the summer. My newest favorite cocktail is the Lavender Jalapeño Paloma, and it will be yours too. It’s smoky, bright and floral; sweet and spicy. Trust me.



  • 3 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. Banhez Joven mezcal
  • ½ oz. lavender jalapeño simple syrup

1. Rim the glass with the lavender salt mixture.

2. Combine grapefruit, mezcal and the lavender jalapeno simple syrup with ice into a cocktail shaker.

3. Shake.

4. Strain into glass filled with ice.

5. Garnish with Lavender Candied Jalapeño.

6. Drink.

7. Repeat.


Simple Syrup

Make the simple syrup: Combine ½ cup sugar, 1 jalapeño, and  2tbsp lavender with ½ cup water in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium heat; cook until sugar is dissolved, 3–5 minutes. Let steep for 20–30 minutes; strain, discarding  jalapeño and lavender. Set aside to cool. Makes about ½ cup; extra syrup will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.

Salt Rim

  • 1 tbsp. dried lavender
  • 1 tbsp. Maldon sea salt
  • 1 slice grapefruit (to rim the glass)

Photo courtesy Saveur




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