I’ve been on a real roll “cooking” with watermelon, which I find hilarious because I’ve never really been a big fan of it. I know — who doesn’t like watermelon!? It just doesn’t do much for me on its own. But I’m finding that I love incorporating it into other dishes and drinks. I was so intrigued by Food52’s Jalapeño Watermelon Limeade, but the only hot peppers I had on hand were serrano. So I decided to give it a go and it was delicious! Spicy, but well balanced by the watermelon and lime. Refreshing, but not boring. And surprisingly easy to make for a watermelon drink — no straining involved.
Serrano Watermelon Limeade Cocktail (slightly adapted from Food52)
(makes 2 servings)
– 4 cups cubed, seedless watermelon
– juice of 2-3 limes + more citrus for garnish
– 10 slices of serrano pepper
– 1 – 2 ounces vodka per serving, if desired
Place cubed watermelon into a blender and blend until smooth. Add lime juice and blend again.
Drop in serrano pepper slices and allow to infuse for about 20 minutes. I suggest tasting about 1/2 way through to check the heat (just don’t actually taste the pepper!). If you don’t love a lot of spice, you might wish to remove the peppers before 20 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the pepper slices and blend the juice again. Pour over ice and stir in vodka. Garnish with lime wedges.
If you don’t want to make it alcoholic, substitute sparkling water for the vodka.