We partnered with our friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Especially the idea that you should drink cocktails on Christmas. #MixedWithTrop It doesn’t really seem like the season for watermelon right now, does it? Watermelon screams summer and sunlight and lazy days by the pool, but watermelon actually has its place at a Los Angeles Christmas cocktail party. Here in Southern California, and I’m sure in many other places (like, say, Mexico), we have a tradition of eating tamales on Christmas. And what would go better with a tamale at a holiday party than a sweet, smoky, spicy cocktail of watermelon juice and mezcal?
The addition of refreshing muddled cilantro balances out the heat from the chilis, making this a drink that bites at the lips while going down easy, more like a light agua fresca. The added bonus? Brightening your glass with cheery red and green Christmas colors! This recipe will spice up any holiday gathering by warming your heart as well as your mouth. Tropicana Watermelon juice is the perfect addition because it has all the flavor of watermelon, but it’s not too sweet; it reminds me of a homemade watermelon agua fresca. Get my Spicy Watermelon Mezcal Holiday Cocktail Recipe after the jump…
Spicy Watermelon Mezcal Holiday Cocktail Recipe
Makes 2 cocktails
2 oz mezcal
1 oz fresh lime juice (juice from about 3/4 of a lime)
2 oz Tropicana Watermelon juice
1/2 oz agave nectar
20 cilantro leaves
1 fresno chili
Muddle mezcal, lime juice, watermelon juice, agave, cilantro leaves, and about 1/4 of a fresno chili in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake shake shake
Strain into two glasses filled with ice
Garnish with cilantro, 2 sliced chili rings per glass, and a hunk (the stem end is prettiest) of a fresno chili (seeds removed)
We partnered with our friends at Megan Media and Tropicana for this post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.