Watermelon Cooler

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


Sweet watermelon balances the heat of a Scotch bonnet chile pepper in this summery tequila-based drink. Try it with smoky foods like Thai grilled chicken.


  • 1 (8-lb.) watermelon, flesh cut into 1" cubes
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, halved
  • 12 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups silver tequila


Step 1

Separate 1⁄4 of the watermelon cubes and freeze. Purée the remaining watermelon and strain; you should have about 8 cups juice. Boil sugar and 1⁄4 cup water in a 1-qt. saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add Scotch bonnet pepper halves and let syrup cool; strain into a pitcher. Stir in watermelon juice and frozen cubes, lime juice, and tequila.

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