If you’ve been saving watermelons for picnics, kids, and deep summer sunshine, think again. It’s ripe right now, and perfect for a spring fling on the patio. Here we’ve whirled it into a sweet slurry and mixed it up with chile peppers, orange liqueur, lime, and mezcal — for an extremely pleasant cocktail with a smoky kick and a light, fruity freshness.
It feels like a celebrational drink. The watermelon is so summery, so unexpected, and so pink! If you’ve got a birthday or you’re planning a tiny, familial awards bash at home, it’ll be a welcome change from the standard margarita — and it’ll pair beautifully with all sorts of Mexican food.
Our tip: We like to use the Del Maguey VIDA for mixed drinks, but especially here because it’s super smoky, but it also has some nice fruit and honey notes. It’s a great companion for the watermelon. And, if you want to make your own watermelon juice, simply slice up a small watermelon and stick it in the blender — blend it until it’s smooth, and then strain out the pulp and use the juice.
4 slices serrano peppers, seeded
¾ oz simple syrup
2 oz Del Maguey VIDA mezcal
¾ oz orange liqueur
4 oz watermelon juice
¾ oz lime juice
2 to 3 mint leaves
- In a shaker, muddle the serrano pepper slices with simple syrup.
- Add the remaining ingredients and cubed ice. Shake, double strain, and pour over highball with fresh cubed ice. Slap or pinch the mint, and add it as a garnish.
Recipe source: Del Maguey