Tequila Melon Grapefruit Pepper Jalapeno Cocktail

Tequila, Melon, Grapefruit, Pepper & Jalapeno Cocktail

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Tequila, Honeydew, Grapefruit, Pepper & Jalapeno Cocktail

Makes 1 Cocktail (plus extra syrup)

This cocktail is a fascinating surprise, blending a bunch of unusual flavors into a harmonious whole.  Give it a try!

Tequila, Melon, Grapefruit, Pepper & Jalapeno Cocktail
  • Raw Sugar Base Syrup:
  • 1 cup Raw (Demerara) Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Black Pepper Syrup:
  • ½ cup Raw Sugar Simple Syrup (save the extra for other recipes)
  • 1 tbsp Black Peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • Cocktail:
  • 1 3/4oz Tequila Blanco (we used Coralejo)
  • 3/4oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 3/4oz Honeydew Jalapeno Shrub
  • 1/4oz Peppercorn Syrup
  • 1/4oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters



Make the base syrup: combine the raw sugar & water in a small saucepan. Heat the water to a simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

Take a half cup of the resulting syrup and bring it to a simmer in a separate pot. Add the peppercorns and simmer 5-10 minutes, until you like the intensity of the flavor.

You can reserve the extra raw sugar syrup for other recipes, or multiply the pepper syrup recipe to use it all up.

Combine in a mixing tin the tequila grapefruit juice, lemon juice, shrub, syrup & bitters.

Shake with ice until well chilled.

Double-strain into a tall glass.

Garnish with the flowers and grapefruit zest.

Recipe by Laura Bishop

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