Watermelon + Lime + Cayenne + Salt is one of the greatest flavor combinations of all time. I did not invent it, but I did add tequila to it recently, and I was very happy with the outcome. With or without the booze, this is the epitome of the refreshing summer beverage.
If you have extra watermelon, dice and freeze it to make watermelon ice cubes!
makes 6 cocktails / about 24 ounces agua fresca
For the Spicy Watermelon Agua Fresca:
4 cups cubed watermelon (a 6-pound watermelon was more than enough)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup very hot water
1/3 cup lime juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (Provides a nice mellow heat; adjust to your preference.)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Blend the watermelon until it’s juice.
- In a large bowl, dissolve the honey in the hot water. Whisk in the lime juice, cayenne, and salt
- Strain the watermelon juice into the honey mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Whisk to combine.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 4 days. Serve over ice cubes and/or watermelon ice cubes.
For each Spicy Watermelon Margarita:
2 ounces blanco tequila
4 ounces watermelon aqua fresca
- Fill a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice, the tequila, and agua fresca. Shake it like you mean it for 30 seconds or so.
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass. Invert the glass onto a plate of sea salt. Fill with ice and/or watermelon ice cubes.
- Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Squeeze in the lime wedge.
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