Red Lady

Red Lady Watermelon Cocktail
Fresh watermelon, basil, and cayenne combine with pisco—a fruity, spicy eau de vie distilled from grapes—for a sweet-spicy summertime cocktail from bartender Cliff Mejia of New York's Analogue. Get the recipe for Red LadyZoe Schaeffer

Fresh watermelon, basil, and cayenne combine with pisco—a fruity, spicy eau de vie distilled from grapes—for a sweet-spicy summertime cocktail from bartender Cliff Mejia of New York's Analogue.

Red Lady
Fresh watermelon, basil, and cayenne combine with pisco—a fruity, spicy eau de vie distilled from grapes—for a sweet-spicy summertime cocktail from bartender Cliff Mejia of New York's [Analogue]
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

For the Cayenne Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cayenne

For the Cocktail

  • 2 (1½") chunks seedless watermelon, plus wedge for garnish
  • 1 basil leaf
  • 2 oz. pisco
  • 1 oz. cayenne syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Make the cayenne syrup: Boil sugar with 1 cup water in 1-qt. saucepan; cook until sugar is dissolved, 2–3 minutes. Whisk in 2 tsp. cayenne; let cool. Makes about 1 cup; syrup will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.
  2. Muddle watermelon and basil in a shaker. Add pisco, cayenne syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice; garnish with watermelon slice.