Vodka-infused watermelon agua fresca + Watermelon-jalapeno margaritas

We’re on to week 2 of our summer cocktail series.  Check in every Friday for light and easy summer drinks.  If you want to see our past recipes, browse through the Cocktails category.

So, now you have a big vat of watermelon agua fresca (or you will soon enough).  It’s wonderful, light and refreshing as is.  But, it’s party time!  And you deserve a drink.  Here’s two recipes (bonus!), depending on your mood: an easy drinking vodka number and a lets-tip-our-hats-to-Mexico with a spicy tequila one (I’m super into this one).  Let’s start with the vodka and work our way up.  But first, here’s a reminder of how yummy that agua fresca looks in case you’re on the fence about making it (it’s easy!).

Vodka-infused agua fresca
Makes 1 drink

I remember in college trying to infuse a watermelon with vodka.  We put a watermelon on its side in the fridge, drilled a hole through the rind (yes, with an actual drill — anything goes as a kitchen appliance in college, right?), and stuffed the top of a cheap, plastic bottle into the hole.  I’ll cut to the end of the story: that doesn’t work.  The vodka stays in the bottle, the watermelon remains virgin.  Instead, I should have just made vodka-infused watermelon agua frescas.  Much easier.

Pour everything into a good sized glass.  Stir.  Fill the glass by packing it with ice.  Garnish with lime.  Be glad you haven’t wasted your time trying to pour vodka into a whole watermelon.

Watermelon-jalapeno margaritas
Makes 1 drink

I really wish I had a picture for this drink.  The problem is, I was enjoying the sweet-hot thing so much that I accidentally drank them all.  And then we ran out of jalapenos.  Anyway, I think this recipe is mouth watering even without a picture.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

  • 1/2 c watermelon agua fresca
  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 0.5 oz triple sec
  • 0.5 oz jalapeno syrup* (adjust to your tastes)
  • juice from 1 lime + a big wedge for garnish
  • salt for rim (optional)

Salt the rim of your glass.  Add all ingredients, stir.  Fill up to the brim by adding ice.  Garnish with a lime and throw some of the candied jalapeno bits on top.

* Jalapeno syrup
Makes about 4 servings

I’m getting very excited about jalapeno syrup in more of my future cocktails.  This stuff is fun!  It’s actually not too spicy (the sugar offset most of the spice), so if you want some more kick, you may want to bump up the jalapeno.

  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 2 T natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 c water

Add jalapeno, sugar and water to a small pot on the stove.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.  If you keep this in the fridge it’ll get more spicy, so make it advance if you can (maybe as you’re making the agua fresca).


3 thoughts on “Vodka-infused watermelon agua fresca + Watermelon-jalapeno margaritas

  1. A creative recipe from a high school friend of Joe:

    Juice of one orange, one Meyer lemon, and one lime
    1 t agave syrup
    1.5 oz tequila
    .5 oz Cointreau
    Mix, pour over ice, splash soda on top!

    Lois said that she might just try substituting jalapeno syrup for the agave!

    • Ooh..that sounds yummy…sounds like the jalapeno syrup would go great with orange/Meyer/lime combo. We used to make margaritas with Meyer lemons (in lieu of limes) when we lived in our last apartment, since we had an ever-abundant Meyer lemon tree…they were great. I miss that tree!

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