Watermelon Cocktail

Recipe: Jackie Kai Ellis

Jackie Kai Ellis, owner of Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe in Vancouver, shares her Watermelon Cocktail recipe.


  • 1 jalapeño
  • 6 oz. mezcal (about 3⁄4 cup)
  • 3 cups ice, plus more for serving
  • 5 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • flesh, puréed in blender
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3⁄4 cup maraschino liqueur
  • 6 lime wedges, for garnish
  • 6 watermelon wedges, for garnish


Yield: Makes 6 cocktails

Marinate Jalapeño

  1. Slice jalapeño pepper into 1⁄8″-thick rounds and place in a jar with mezcal to infuse overnight.

Prepare Cocktail

  1. For one cocktail, mix together 1⁄2 cup ice, 1 oz. (2 tbsp) jalapeño-infused mezcal, 4 oz. (1⁄2 cup) watermelon juice, 1⁄2 oz. (1 tbsp) lime juice, 1 oz. (2 tbsp) maraschino liqueur and shake. Strain drink into glass filled with fresh ice cubes and garnish with wedges of lime and watermelon.

Jackie Kai Ellis


House & Home July 2016