Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon Cooler
Watermelon Cooler
Sweet watermelon balances the heat of Scotch bonnet chiles in this summery tequila-based drink.Todd Coleman

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.

Watermelon Cooler
Sweet watermelon balances the heat of a Scotch bonnet chile pepper in this summery tequila-based drink.
Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Separate 14 of the watermelon cubes and freeze. Purée the remaining watermelon and strain; you should have about 8 cups juice. Boil sugar and 14 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.