Thirsty Thursday: Tequila-Spiked Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade

By: Kelsey Vala

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. And what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Here are our thoughts on how to drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Since you’ll likely be firing up the grill this weekend for burgers, steaks and smoky ribs (a.k.a. Dad food), try pairing this meal with a summery beverage too (a.k.a. a little something delicious for everyone)? While you're waiting patiently for those ribs to become meltingly tender, pull up a lawn chair and slowly sip on this Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade. Word of caution: It's spicy, so go slowly.

This refreshing summer treat has just enough bite to make Dad love it. While pureed jalapeño adds the spicy dimension, blended watermelon sweetens the deal. Add an additional jalapeño if you dare. Though it's best with a splash of tequila, the original version is booze-free.

Bottoms up, folks.

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, deveined and chopped
  • 1/2 seedless watermelon, chopped
  • 16 fresh mint leaves, optional
  • Tequila, to taste (optional)
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices, for serving

Directions:

In batches, combine 12 cups water, the lemon juice, sugar, jalapeño, watermelon and mint, if using, in a blender. Blend to a puree. Allow the puree to steep for 10 minutes before straining it through a fine mesh sieve. Chill well. Mix with tequila if using, and serve chilled with ice and a lemon slice floating at the top.

Still thirsty? Check out Cooking Channel’s best summer drinks and cocktails.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Food to Pack for a Day at the Beach

Beach bound? Pack these delicious and portable foods in your cooler to extend your fun in the sun.

Party in Five: Southern Comfort Father's Day Brunch

Get recipes and decorations for a Father's Day brunch featuring Southern recipes and more comforting food.

Thirsty Thursday: A Summery Sangria

Nothing quite says “good host” like a pitcher of chilled red wine bursting with textured, alcohol-infused fruit.

Thirsty Thursday: Peach Sangria

Cooking Channel's three-ingredient punch is uncomplicated, refreshing, and chock-full of summer's best peaches.

Thirsty Thursday: Peach Julep

Sip a chilled glass of Cooking Channel's peachy, warm-weather cocktail at any summer get-together or barbecue.

Thirsty Thursday: Limoncello Spritzer

Versatile enough to make for a sophisticated brunch, but also laid-back enough for an outdoor cookout, this well-balanced cocktail is appropriate for any time of day.

On TV

So Much Pretty Food Here