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Jalisco Mule – Tequila Watermelon Mule

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light pink tequila cocktal on rocks with watermelon and mint garnish
Jalisco Mule – Tequila Watermelon Mule

Time to step up your summer cocktail game with a Tequila Watermelon Mule – I’m calling it the Jalisco Mule after the state of Mexico where tequila is produced.

When playing with mules, I wanted to add some more interesting summer flavors than just lime and cold ginger beer, so I decided to treat it as I would a sour and add some watermelon simple syrup. In the summer, this simple syrup made from fresh watermelon is as easy as adding sugar to a bag full of fresh cut watermelon and letting it sit in the fridge for a day.

The syrup that comes out is a vibrant pink with delicate flavors of watermelon infused throughout it. It’s a thousand times more delicious than creating a watermelon simple via cooking simple. However, the flavor doesn’t stay fresh nearly as long as with a cooked syrup.

I find vodka to be, well, flavorless and I wanted more of a contribution from the spirit, so I added tequila for two reasons: 1) it works well with the watermelon in terms of salty flavor, and 2) it keeps the color of a cocktail a delicate pink.

light pink tequila cocktal on rocks with watermelon and mint garnish
Jalisco Mule – Tequila Watermelon Mule

I used the last of the fresh watermelon the day before, but I had used the rind to make some watermelon refrigerator pickles, and they bumped up the sour and aromatic elements of the cocktail. And that dash of a scent of mint over the top of the cocktail with the mint garnish tied together the ginger, sweet watermelon syrup and sour watermelon pickles in a beautiful way.

If you enjoy watermelon cocktails you can also try the Meloncholy Watermelon Sour or this kickass Watermelon Gimlet. Both are standing bar orders at our house.

light pink tequila cocktal on rocks with watermelon and mint garnish
Jalisco Mule – Tequila Watermelon Mule
light pink tequila cocktal on rocks with watermelon and mint garnish

Jalisco Mule – Tequila Watermelon Mule

Heather Wibbels
Embrace your summer vibes with this fast, in a glass riff on a mule cocktail. Blending flavors of lime, watermelon and tequila with a mule's ginger beer you'll love having some ginger beer on hand to quickly assemble one of these when it's time for a cocktail.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine tequila cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz watermelon simple syrup**
  • 3-4 oz ginger beer
  • Garnish: pickled watermelon rind, mint and lime

Instructions
 

  • Combine tequila, lime juice, and simple in a mule mug or large rocks glass. Stir briefly, add ice, then top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint, picked (or fresh) watermelon and a lime wheel.

Notes

Watermelon Simple**: Put 1 lb of watermelon, cubed, in a ziploc bag and add 8 oz of sugar. Mix it up by massaging the bag lightly with your hands and put it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Strain out the chunks and store in a glass jar in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.
Keyword chili lime, ginger, ginger beer, mule, tequila, watermelon
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By on July 14th, 2020

About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location

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