The Watermelon Rum Sandía is a jazzed-up version of the margarita, with fresh watermelon juice and rum standing in for the more traditional lime juice and tequila. It’s ideal for summertime sipping. It is one of the most popular cocktails in Mexico.
The name, meaning ‘watermelon and water’ in Spanish, is a nod to the drink’s color and refreshing taste. It is also often served in a hollowed-out watermelon. This cocktail was invented by Mexican bartender Daniel Negrete at the La Capilla restaurant in Mexico City in 1943 and it quickly became popular among Mexicans and tourists alike.
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce watermelon juice
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
Watermelon wedge and mint leaf for garnish
1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, rum, Aperol, juices, and simple syrup.
2. Shake to chill.
3. Strain into rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
4. Garnish with watermelon wedge and mint leaf.
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