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Beverage, Sponsored |40 calories per serving|5 minute recipe

Smoky Jalapeño Hibiscus Cooler

This content was last updated on February 8, 2021

Light, fruity, flavorful mocktails are so simple—and good. Thanks to fruit, sparkling water, spices and herbs, you can make this alcohol-free, added-sugar free beverage shine with a refreshing taste. This recipe is a great alternative to both sugary and alcoholic drinks. Alcohol increases the risk of at least 6 types of cancer and consuming high amounts of added sugar especially from sugary beverages can contribute to weight gain, increasing the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.

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Spice Glass Rim: (optional)
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, unsweetened
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1/4-1/2 small jalapeño, sliced (depending on heat preference)
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 12-ounce can hibiscus flavored sparkling water, unsweetened*
  • 1 large or 6 small ice cubes
Garnish: (optional)
  • Orange, lime slices
  • Jalapeño slices
  • Hibiscus flowers
Makes 2 servings (1 1/4 cups each). Per serving: 40 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 10 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 0 g dietary fiber, 0 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Create a spice glass rim with two 12-ounce glasses by running lime halfway along edge of each glass. Mix sugar, cinnamon and paprika together in small saucer. Press each glass into spice mixture to coat rims. Allow to dry for a few minutes before adding liquid to glasses. Or use plain glasses.
  2. Place orange juice, lime juice, jalapeño and smoked paprika in blender. Process for 1-2 minutes until well blended.
  3. Place ice cubes in each glass. Divide blended juice mixture between each glass.
  4. Top each glass with half of hibiscus flavored sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with orange, lime and jalapeño slices and hibiscus flowers, if desired.


*May substitute hibiscus flavored sparkling water with sparkling water flavor of your choice.

Written for AICR and LaCroix by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian, who is a plant-based food and nutrition expert, journalist, and blogger.

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This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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