Not a Paloma in wine glass with stainless steel straw on brick wall in garden

Not a Paloma

This drink is our attempt at creating a potentially low FODMAP version of the classic Paloma cocktail. And we think we hit it out of the ballpark!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 2 Servngs
Author: Susan Chatzky


  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Grated zest of one grapefruit
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) plain vodka or pink peppercorn vodka
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) lime juice
  • 2 cups (480 ml) plain seltzer


  1. In the bottom of your cocktail shaker, combine jalapeno and sugar, muddle to almost a paste; it will still have small bits of jalapeno.
  2. Add vodka, lime juice and ice, add the top of the shaker and shake like crazy, until the ice cubes break into little pieces.
  3. Pour the vodka mixture, without straining, into two glasses, top with seltzer, and sprinkle grapefruit zest over the top. Serve immediately.