Sandia Watermelon Cocktail

Juicy watermelon couldn’t find a better liquid match than tequila. When supported by a chorus of spicy ginger, tangy lime and bittersweet Aperol, you’ve got a summer sipper primed for poolside parties. Look for it on the summer menu at Simbal under the name “Sandia Negroni.”

1 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. fresh watermelon juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. ginger syrup (1:1)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: watermelon balls soaked in Fresno chile juice (optional) and mint sprig

Shake ingredients together in a shaker tin with ice. Strain into a fresh rocks glass. Garnish.

David Valdez, Simbal Restaurant, Los Angeles