Watermelon-Mint Tequila Sour

Sometimes you prepare a recipe because you have extra ingredients on hand that you need to use. I had fresh mint that I wanted to do something unique with, and decided to pair it with watermelon to make this refreshing summer cocktail. If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, I’d suggest adding an extra half an ounce of the watermelon-mint simple syrup and serving it in a glass with ice and topped with club soda.
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Watermelon-Mint Tequila Sour
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces tequila (blanco/plata)
  • 1 ounce watermelon-mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • pinch of salt
  1. Add salt, lime juice, watermelon-mint simple syrup, and tequila to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled and double strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Watermelon-Mint Simple Syrup
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  • 2 cups watermelon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 30 small leaves of fresh mint
  1. Cut watermelon into 1” pieces and put into a blender. Six cups (¼ of watermelon) should yield around 2 cups of juice. Blend the watermelon and strain into a measuring cup.
  2. Add strained watermelon juice to a saucepan and simmer until reduced to 1 cup.
  3. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Remove from heat and add mint. Steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain into storage container.
Simmering the watermelon juice to 1 cup will take around 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Adding the mint at the end is key. If added sooner, it will add a bitter vegetal taste to the syrup.

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