Pitchers of jalapeño-infused tequila help you say goodbye to summer

If you have jalapeños, tequila and 15 minutes, I can make you happy.

It’s happening. Summer is leaving us. Show it who’s boss by creating your own kind of heat. In a jar. With peppers. We’re talking about spice here, not capturing actual sunshine in a jar. If I knew how to do that, I wouldn’t tell anyone else how. Except you. And we would make millions selling it in, I don’t know, let’s say … Canada. And we’d make all sorts of “You can put this where the sun don’t shine” merchandise.

Dream big, friend. We’ll figure it out.

In the meantime, say goodbye to summer by infusing some tequila with jalapeños, muddling some watermelon, throwing in some simple syrup and lime juice and then showing summer just how much you’ll miss it by spending your last few days with it in a sweet-and-spice haze.

Potato masher. Industrial-sized muddler for industrial-sized cocktails. No longer do you have to choose just one.

If you haven’t infused vodka yet, I’m worried about you. Good news: This infusion takes only 15 minutes. And in the end, you’ll wind up with Watermelon Sugar, the lovely creation of Philip Ward, bartender at New York’s Mayahuel, in a recent issue of bon appetit. Now go make your own Watermelon Sugar.


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