Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

Floral, tart, and not too sweet, this pretty-in-pink cousin to the margarita gets a kick from fresh ginger and vibrant hibiscus. 

refreshing Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate Margarita Week, hosted by the lovely Kate of Hola Jalapeño, we’re drinking a whole lot of these palomas – and not just because I made way too many of them during this shoot. Also because YUM.

slices of citrus

I’ve been hooked on palomas ever since discovering their existence at my favorite Marin restaurant, Marinitas. Although traditionally made with grapefruit soda, Marinitas makes their paloma with fresh grapefruit juice, good tequila, and housemade lime soda. They go down way too easy, especially with warm tortilla chips and a trio of salsas.

ingredients in pot

This paloma gets a pretty-in-pink hue from dried hibiscus flowers and a floral kick from freshly grated ginger. Pink grapefruits are sweet as candy right now in California. In addition to the sweet-tart juice, I love the bitter and floral notes in the peel, so I add it to the syrup along with hibiscus flowers to punch up the flavor: think really classy grapefruit soda. And since I love the bite of fresh ginger, I grate a whole bunch to steep with the syrup.

Hibiscus Ginger Palomas on table

Tequila always tastes a bit salty to me, almost vegetal, making it the perfect spirit for hot climates. When mixed with ginger hibiscus syrup, a good pour of grapefruit juice, and a squeeze of lime, the result is a tart, not-too-sweet refresher that, as Jay put it, “Looks like Kool-aid but tastes a whole lot better.” The man has a way with words.

2 glasses of Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

And be sure to check out all the margarita goodness over at Hola Jalapeño.

glass of Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

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Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

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Hot pink, tangy, and not too sweet, this next-level margarita is full of floral notes from fresh grapefruit juice and zest, hibiscus flowers, fresh ginger, and lime.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink


Hibiscus Ginger Grapefruit Syrup: (makes ½ cup, enough for 4 drinks)

  • ¾ cup water (175 ml)
  • ¼ cup dried whole hibiscus flowers (8 g)
  • ¼ cup organic granulated cane sugar (25 g)
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • ¼ cup lightly packed coarsely grated fresh ginger (30 g)


  • ¼ cup strained pink grapefruit juice (60 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons reposado tequila (45 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons hibiscus ginger syrup, above (30 ml)
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime juice, to taste (5-10 ml)
  • ice
  • sparkling water
  • lime slices or grapefruit wedges, for garnish


  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, hibiscus, and sugar. Use a vegetable peeler to pare away the colorful part of the grapefruit skin in long strips. Add these to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the grated ginger, cover, and steep for 10-20 minutes. Strain through a sieve, reserving the liquid and pressing on the solids to extract all the good stuff. Discard the solids and chill the syrup until cold.
  • To make a paloma, combine the grapefruit juice, tequila, syrup, and the smaller amount of lime juice. Pour into a glass filled partway with ice cubes, and top with a splash of sparkling water. Add more lime if you feel the drink needs it. Garnish with a lime slice or grapefruit wedge if you like, and serve.


With inspiration from Honey & Birch.
We like these unsalted, but if you're a salty dog, feel free to rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip in coarse salt.
The syrup can be made at least several days ahead, and the drinks can be mixed in bulk, sans ice and sparkling water, and chilled ahead of time.
Feel free to leave the tequila out and you'll have the most delicious grapefruit soda imaginable.
Nutritional values are based on one drink.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Making this? I'd love to see!Tag your snaps @The_Bojon_Gourmet and #bojongourmet!

2 glasses of Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

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18 thoughts on “Hibiscus Ginger Palomas”

  1. Your photos make me swoon!! This homemade grapefruit soda business is fantastic. Thanks so much for joining in the tequila-loving fun!

  2. I’m loving the flavors here! I recently made a paloma with basil and jalapeno. Grapefruit goes well with so many flavors. I’m making one of these this weekend :)