Like camping as a kid … plus Mescal.
After tasting the syrup, Chris immediately knew he wanted to pair it with Mescal somehow. Something about sitting around a campfire eating watermelon really called out to him and I was definitely curious to see how it went. Well I have to say – he’s done it again.
The smokiness of the mescal pairs beautifully with the refreshing fruitiness of watermelon, while the cucumber adds a (very) subtle undertone of vegetal bitterness. You wouldn’t taste this drink and know immediate there’s cucumber in it. But I think you’d notice it was missing “something.”
Can’t go camping tonight? This cocktail might be a worthy alternative (and less dusty too!)
Smoky Summer Nights
- 2 oz Mezcal
- 3/4 oz Salted Watermelon Syrup
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 3 Coins Cucumber
- 1 Barspoon Luxardo Maraschino
- 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Salted Watermelon Syrup Ingredients
- 2 Cups Watermelon
- 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
- 1 Ea zest of one lemon
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- Muddle cucumber coins in a cocktail shaker tin.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice.
- Fine-strain into a bucket glass with fresh ice.
- (Optional) Wrap a coin of cucumber around a piece of watermelon and skewer to hold. Salt lightly and place on top the cocktail.
Salted Watermelon Syrup Instructions
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
- Macerate one hour.
- Fine strain.