Watermelon Cocktail

Quick Facts:

Makes 4 drinks


4 cups seedless watermelon
6 tablespoons Hibiscus simple syrup (can buy premade or use recipe below)
3 tablespoons Peychaud's bitters
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup rum
Fleur de sel with Espelette chilli pepper
Garnishes, cubes of watermelon, lime wedge, basil or mint, cherries, hibiscus flowers

Hibiscus Syrup
Makes 1 ½ cups
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
6 hibiscus teabags or loose leaf hibiscus tea

1. In a small saucepan bring the sugar and water to a boil. When liquid is clear, turn off heat and add teabags. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea bags and chill to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to use.


1. Put the watermelon in a blender, food processor or Vitamix. Process until liquefied.
2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheese cloth. Chill until ready to use.
3. Combine the watermelon, simple syrup, lime juice and rum. Rub a little lime over the top of the glasses. Dip lightly in a little fleur de sel with Espelette pepper. Pour over tall glasses of ice. Garnish and serve.

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