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This Spicy Tequila and Watermelon Fresca Is the Essence of Summer

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Lewis Barbecue's Sandia #1.
Leslie Ryann McKellar

Charleston, South Carolina's newest smoked meat market is Lewis Barbecue, an operation by chef John Lewis that serves the craft of Central Texas, alongside an agua fresca-heavy bar inspired by the flavors of Mexico. Below, beverage director RH Weaver shares the recipe for an easy summer hit, a spicy watermelon and tequila drink.

Sandia #1
Makes 1

2 ounces watermelon juice
1/2 ounce jalapeño agave syrup*
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
black salt, for garnish
watermelon wedge, for garnish

Combine watermelon juice, jalapeño agave syrup, lime juice, and tequila in cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into glass with ice, and garnish with watermelon wedge sprinkled with black salt.

*To make the jalapeño agave syrup, bring 12 ounces of water to a boil in medium pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 jalapeño and 24 ounces of agave syrup. Remove from heat and stir to combine. Once cool, remove jalapeño and reserve syrup.

Lewis Barbecue

464 North Nassau Street, , SC 29403 (843) 805-9500 Visit Website