We'll cut right to the chase for this post because we've got three refreshing drinks to share. The combo of watermelon, white pepper and Campari is the brain child of our friend Erik, so we got together to see what cocktails we could make. It turns out that you can use a plethora of spirits - rum, tequila, gin, vodka - with watermelon and pepper and you'll get something tasty. Just pay attention to the sweetness of the melon.
The second method was cubing the watermelon, peppering the cubes and then letting them sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. With a little torn basil and feta, this also makes a wonderful salad.
1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz White Pepper Simple Syrup
1/4 quarter lime cut into two pieces
4 1-inch cubes of watermelon
2-3 torn basil leaves
In a pint glass muddle the simple syrup with the watermelon, lime and basil leaves. Fill glass with ice, add gin and Campari and roll (pour back and forth) into a collins glass. Top with soda or mineral water and garnish with a small basil leaf.
1 oz Campari
1/2 White Pepper Simple Syrup
1/2 Lime Juice
Add ingredients to an ice-filled collins glass. Top with 4 oz soda water and stir.
1 1/2 of Tequila (use blanco for more pepper flavor)
2 oz Watermelon Juice
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz White Pepper Simple Syrup
Shake all on ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with salt and lime.
Notes: all of the above drinks are great for day drinking for their relatively low alcohol content. The maragarita, for instance subs watermelon juice for cointreau and soda water is used for the Campari and Soda and the Smash.
Let us know if you try the cocktails.
P.S. The simple syrup turnout out delicious... not too spicy, just some nice heat on the finish. Try it in lemonade - you will not be disappointed.