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spicy watermelon cocktail

spicy, sweet and a little salty. this spicy watermelon cocktail is summer in a glass. craft one at home and dream of warm summer days spent with friends and family.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cocktail Assembly 5 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Celebrations, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 4-5oz. drinks


  • medium sauce pan
  • food processor or blender
  • mesh colander
  • cockail shaker
  • 3-4 chilled servings glasses (4-6oz)


jalapeno simple syrup

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 2-3 fresh, whole jalapenos

watermelon cocktail

  • 6-8 oz fresh watermelon juice
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz jalapeno simple syrup
  • 1-2 tsp Reese's prepared horseradish
  • 4-6 oz white tequila (or other clear alcohol of choice)
  • 3-4 sliced watermelon, chiiled for garish
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh mint for garnish
  • 1 lime, quartered for rim
  • salt or sugar for rim


  • To make the simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat stirring frequently until all sugar has dissolved, about 5-7 minutes. Add in whole jalapenos with sliced ¾ lengthwise. Lower heat and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes or until a light syrup consistency has formed. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain syrup through a mesh colander into an air tight container. Use immediately for drinks or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. 
  • Place drink glasses and slices of watermelon into freezer 30 minutes before serving to chill. 
    Prepare watermelon juice by placing 4 cups fresh water melon chunks into a food processor or blender. Process until no chunks remain. Strain through a mesh colander into an airtight container or measure out the required amount into shaker. If you like pulp, you can skip the straining. 
  • Fill ¼ of a shaker with ice. Pour watermelon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, tequila, and horseradish into a shaker. Top with second glass or lid. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Shake it like you mean it! 
  •  Pull chilled glasses from the freezer, rub a cut lime wedge along the rim. Roll rim of the glass on a plate covered with salt. 
     Strain shaken cocktail into each glass (3-4 glasses). Garnish with chilled watermelon slices and sprigs of mint.
Keyword brunch drinks, cocktails, summer cocktails, watermelon drinks
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