tequila and jalapeno cocktail

Red & Smokey – Watermelon, Jalapeno, and Tequila

For a lot of time now, I wanted to try Jalapeno and tequila infusion I come across in Liquid Intelligence.
there is a huge collection of cocktails that can benefit from this infusion, one of them is red & smokey.
in this cocktail, I use clarified watermelon juice that I clarify with agar.
also, to give it a nice smokey kick I add some mezcal, the result is phenomenal.

Mezcal and watermelon are some of the best pairs in the flavor spectrum. as a huge fan of smokey cocktails, mezcal always has a place in my heart, the smokey finish with the sweet taste is magnificent.
if you’re not familiar with this spirit go ahead and get yourself a bottle!

Clarified Watermelon

Clarification is not a method that affects the taste but rather affects the look.
it’s a method that mixologists borrows from chefs that use this method to clarify soups and other dishes.

Clarification basically removes suspended particles from fruits and separates the liquids from it, leaving you with a clear juice.
the easiest and cheapest way I normally use is agar clarification.
agar is a seaweed-based gelling substance obtained from red algae and its effect is similar to gelatin.
but unlike gelatin, it’s vegan friendly.

red & smokey jalapeno and tequila cocktail
The perfect summer sipper

For the process itself, I use for every 250gr of liquid 1.5gr of agar.
the problem with agar is that it has to boil to hydrate.
so we need to use a trick, boil the agar with some water until it completely dissolves.
then, turn off the heat and move the agar into a large bowl.
slowly, add the juice you choose (watermelon, lime or any other juice) in a thin stream into the bowl with the agar.
during the process, you need to keep whisking until you’ll get a gel texture.

Let is sit for a while then, using a whisk, break the gel into curds.
move the curds to a cheesecloth that is set up above a fine-mesh strainer and let it drip.
for time to time, you will need to “help” the mixture drip by twisting the cloth or string the mixture with a spatula.
moreover, do not twist the cloth too hard or it will rip.

agar clarification
Clarified lime juice

After this process, you’ll get free of pulp and clear liquid that looks amazing in cocktails.
just make sure you don’t boil the juice with the agar or it will ruin the taste.
prepare the agar only with a small amount of water – not to over dilute the juice.

Tequila & Jalapeno infusion

Go for a white tequila it will absorb the jalapeno taste better.
now depending on your own spiciness threshold add as much jalapeno as you want. but keep it balanced.

You can either use a nitro infusion or go for a classic infusion.
if you choose the classic method simply pour tequila into a mason jar with a lid.
then, cut the jalapeno into small pieces (don’t chop it!) and insert it into the mason jar with the tequila.
make sure the liquid completely covers the peppers.

let it sit for about 3 days, every 12 hours shake the jar to release some taste from the pepper.
keep in a dark cool place without direct sunlight.
finally, after 3 days strain the infusion into a clean bottle and that’s it – you just got yourself tequila and jalapeno infusion.

red & smokey

Red & Smokey

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Tequila and jalapeno infusion, mezcal, watermelon, and salt.


  • 15ml / 0.5oz - Mezcal Vida
  • 30ml / 1oz - jalapeno infused tequila
  • 15ml / 0.5oz - lime juice
  • 60ml / 2oz - clarified watermelon juice
  • a pinch of salt


  1. add all ingredients onto a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. shake for about 20 sec and strain into a tall glass
  3. add a Collins ice block and garnish