Thirsty Thursdays: Watermelon Jalapeno Cooler

June 6, 2012
This watermelon jalapeno cooler is a sweet and spicy cocktail.  Refreshing watermelon is blended with jalapeno, lime juice and herbs (preferably mint).  If you were making a non-alcoholic version, you could stop there; but, if you wanted to turn this mixture into a cocktail, add the liquor of your choice.  I would personally opt for tequila for a margarita style drink but if you prefer rum or vodka, go for it!
 
 
Ingredients:
 
1 blender full of chilled watermelon cubes
2 limes, wedged
1 bunch of leafy herbs (think: mint, basil, cilantro)
2 jalapeño peppers, de-seeded
12 ounces liquor of choice, approximately (think: gin, tequila, rum,

 
Directions:
 
Whiz the chilled watermelon in a blender and strain for a smoother cocktail to serve on ice. For a frozen variation, freeze some watermelon cubes and blend it in with the chilled watermelon.
 
In a large pitcher, muddle 1 lime, herb leaves, and 1-2 jalapeños. Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a glass bottle if you don’t have a muddler.
 
Stir in the blended watermelon, liquor, a splash of soda, and sweeten to taste.
 
Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime wedges, herbs, and jalapeño slices.

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