Sometimes your summer sip just calls for something extra. Lucky us, spicy spritz cocktails are making waves this season and we are happily jumping on board.
One of my favorite cocktails is a spicy margarita (or Paloma for that matter). But hot summer afternoons are not always a great fit with tequila. For this cooling spritzer, we’re playing around with melon and jalapeño notes to make a grown-up refreshment unlike any other. The bonus: The recipe calls for a rosé ice cube. Yum!
After creating this recipe, I soon learned that watermelon and jalapeño make the best of cocktail friends; the bite that comes with the pepper’s heat is soothed with the refreshing sweet taste of the melon. The heat-and-sweet balance is so lovely that we don’t want dissolve the flavors with an overpowering spirit, so reach for a quality (unflavored) vodka.
Despite its bold appearance, this cocktail has beautiful yet subtle flavors. Make sure you plan ahead of time and freeze your rosé cubes overnight. (Don’t worry, if you’re looking to make this spontaneously, a simple splash of rosé on top will do the trick.)
Here’s to putting some heat into summertime. Cheers!
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