Sandy Bottoms

Active Time: N/ATotal Time10 MIN
Yield: Serves : 6

This pitcher drink pairs hydrating watermelon with the delicate fennel-and-herb flavor of Peychaud’s bitters. “The watermelon and lime in this deceptively simple cocktail pair perfectly with the sea salt left on your lips from a long day at the beach,” says Stephanie Andrews of Billy Sunday in Chicago. You can buy high-quality watermelon juice, such as Evolution Fresh, from the refrigerated section of your grocery store, or use a blender to make quick work of seedless watermelon chunks. Just process about 3 cups of melon until smooth, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer before measuring.


  • 2 cups fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) chilled white rum
  • 3/4 cup chilled 1-to-1 Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 6 limes)
  • 1/2 cup Peychaud’s bitters

  • Lime wheels, mint sprigs, and small watermelon slices, for garnish

How to Make It

Step 1    

Combine watermelon juice, chilled rum, chilled simple syrup, lime juice, and bitters in a 2-quart pitcher; stir to combine. If not serving immediately, seal well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to 2 hours.

Step 2    

To serve, stir watermelon mixture well. Fill pitcher with ice, and stir gently until outside of pitcher is cool. Pour into rocks glasses filled with ice, and garnish each glass with a lime wheel, mint sprig, and small watermelon slice.

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