This cocktail's name is a play on both the Spanish word for watermelon, sandía, and "incendiary," referring to the peppery tequila and the spicy ancho chile rim.

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  • Servings: makes 1 drink


chile salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces watermelon juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the cocktail

    In a small bowl, mix the kosher salt, sugar and ancho chile powder.

  2. Make the cocktail

    Moisten the outer <a href="/articles/cocktail-basics-techniques#rimmingaglass">rim</a> of a highball glass with the lime wedge and coat lightly with chile salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Fill the highball glass with ice and strain the drink into the glass.

Contributed By Photo © Wendell T. Webber Published February 2009

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