Thirsty Thursday: Tequila-Spiked Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade

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.

Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade


  • 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


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.

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