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.

Photo: © Wendell T. Webber
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


Make the cocktail

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

  2. Moisten the outer rim 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.

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