This is my second and last submission to Home Bar Awards July challenge. This riff on a Tequila Sunrise takes a few more liberties than my first attempt. I was inspired in part by Big Heart Tea’s Sunshine Dust, a turmeric tea concentrate blended with ginger, lemon grass and peppercorn.
I used the Sunshine Dust to make a simple syrup which layers beautifully with the watermelon juice. The slight spiciness of the sunshine syrup works well with the sweetness of the juice and a little acid solution helps add balance. I love tequila with watermelon and anything spicy and it was great to try something beside a hot pepper to create that pairing.
4 oz. fresh watermelon juice strained
2 oz. Tequila Blanco lightly infused with butterfly pea flower
5 ml. Citric Acid solution
1/2 oz. Sunshine dust simple syrup
Add strained watermelon juice and acid solution to a highball glass filled with ice. Pour the Sunshine Dust simple syrup into the glass, it will sink to the bottom. Top with the butterfly pea flower infused tequila. Garnish with some watermelon slices and enjoy!
Sunshine Dust simple syrup
1/2 tsp. Big Heart Tea’s Sunshine dust
1 1/2 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. hot water
Dissovle sugar and sunshine dust in hot water.