Grapefruit Paloma with Get Hot Tequila

I recently heard about Get Hot Tequila, an award-winning habanero-infused tequila that packs a serious punch. On its own, this 100% agave tequila has a slight burn that comes from the fiery pepper. The tequila itself has a smooth, oaky flavor. It’s the perfect complement for our Grapefruit Paloma recipe.

Get Hot Tequila has such beautiful packaging (I am SUCH a sucker for good packaging) which inspired us to add their signature pop of soft blue to the presentation of the drink. To do this, we rimmed our glasses with colored sugar. While it is completely optional, it is a pretty addition.

Making Colored Sugar

To make the colored sugar, fill a Ziplock sandwich bag with plain cane sugar. Add a dab of Wilton’s color gel food coloring in the color of your choice (we used “Sky Blue”). Zip it up and “shake-shake-shake”. (And for my salty-friends, you can substitute the sugar for table salt.) Pour the sugar on a small plate, rim your glasses with a tiny bit of grapefruit juice and dip them into the sugar. Voila! 

Making the Simple Syrup

To make a quick ultra-thick simple syrup for this recipe,  heat 1.5 cups of sugar with 1 cup water on medium/low heat. Let the sugar dissolve then let the mixture cool. I store my simple syrups in a spouted cruet (Amazon Link) in the fridge. Pro Tip: Use the leftover simple syrup as a coffee sweetener. You can add a dash of vanilla for flavor, too!

Get Hot Tequila


Grapefruit Paloma featuring Get Hot Tequila


  • 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 oz. Get Hot Tequila
  • 2 T Simple Syrup (see recipe above)
  • 4 oz. Sparkling Water
  • Optional – Sugar or Salt for rimming (see above for how I made this colored sugar)


  1. Shake, stir or layer the ingredients to create this tasty cocktail.

I attempted to layer the drinks in order to give them a gradient effect. Ultimately, I think they would have been the exact same shaken. Do you have a trick for layering drinks? I can never quite make them “right”. I use the “spoon” method and pour my ingredients in from most dense to least dense (Syrup, Juice/Sparking Water blend, then Alcohol, respectively).

Does anyone have a recommendation of a good ice cube mold? I think it is about time I invest in one!

Disclaimer: Our team was sent a bottle of Get Hot Tequila to test.  I was not paid to endorse any of these products, and all opinions are entirely my own. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for continuing to support the brands who help make this website possible! 



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