Summer cocktail recipe: Watermelon chili pepper margarita

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Fresh as a summer day, hot as the sun.

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This week's cocktail is a nifty play on the sweet 'n' spicy dynamic, with the freshest watermelon pureed and strained to extract its essence. Thai chili pepper gives this drink a swift kick. Add more or less chili peppers to your taste.

Watermelon chili pepper margarita

Fresh watermelon juice (see recipe below)
1 Thai chili pepper
1 1/2 oz. tequila
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Cointreau
lime wedge
salt

Muddle Thai chili and tequila in a drink shaker. Add watermelon juice, lime juice, and Cointreau. Shake with ice. If you want a salted rim, rub lime around edge of a cocktail glass, dip in salt. Fill glass with ice. Strain cocktail into your glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Note: If you have extra time, make a batch of chili pepper-infused tequila by filling a mason jar with tequila and adding desired amount of chilies according to taste. Infuse 1-3 days.

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Make a big batch of watermelon juice and call it a party.

Watermelon juice

Puree 1 cup of seedless watermelon per cocktail in a food processor or blender, or use a hand blender. Strain puree through a cheesecloth-lined sieve or a very fine strainer.


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2 comments
Chris
Chris

This is missing the amount of watermelon juice that you're supposed to use.

Stpaulgirl
Stpaulgirl

The amount is included in the watermelon juice recipe. Sorry if that was unclear!

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