Kiss My Melons at The Other Room packs an agave-style Chareau bite up front that quickly turns sweet on the palate. With the cool cucumber and the aloe liqueur, it’s a very light, semisweet summertime drink that goes down almost too easily on a hot day. The salt and cilantro on the rim provide a more lasting lasting bite, which is probably why The Other Room applies the garnish so heavily.
■ 1 1/2 oz. Effen Cucumber vodka
■ 1/2 oz. Lustau Manzanilla sherry
■ 1/4 oz. Chareau aloe liqueur
■ 2 oz. watermelon juice
■ 1 oz. sweet and sour
■ cucumber cilantro salt
■ watermelon wedge
■ Rim glass with cucumber cilantro salt (available at dressthedrink.com, or make your own with recipe below). Combine all ingredients in mixing tin with ice. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with watermelon wedge.
Cucumber cilantro salt, recipe courtesy Dress the Drink (dressthedrink.com)
■ 1 cup coarse sea salt
■ 1/2 cup coarse sugar
■ 1 cup dried cucumbers
■ 1/2 cup dried cilantro.
Spray salt and sugar with water and combine cucumber and cilantro. Mix well and let dry.