Spicy Watermelon Cocktail

Give an otherwise sweet whiskey drink a kick of heat with this irresistible recipe.

Watermelon Cocktail
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Adding a little heat to an otherwise refreshing cocktail is always a good idea. And with watermelon—a quintessentially summer flavor—the combination is irresistible. 

This whiskey cocktail marries watermelon juice with traditional Mexican flavors—citrus, chile, and salt—for a surprising yet delicious combination.


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Prep time

3 min.

  • Spicy salt
  • 2 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
  • 2 oz fresh watermelon juice
  • 3⁄4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3⁄4 oz simple syrup
  • 4 basil leaves

Rim an old-fashioned glass with spicy salt (chipotle flavor is ideal). Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake. Strain into glass and serve.