I had a fabulous dinner with my family at Hundred Acres in New York City last week.

I don’t drink very often, but I absolutely loved their Spicy Watermelon Lemonade with vodka. I couldn’t wait to make a non-alcoholic rendition of this delicious cocktail at home, so I picked up a watermelon yesterday and got right to work.


I made mine with lime juice instead of lemon, and I believe I used more watermelon and less citrus than Hundred Acres because I didn’t want to add any sugar (if you’d prefer a more tart drink, you can certainly use more lime juice and less watermelon).

I wasn’t quite sure how to flavor the drink with the jalapeno, so I sliced up a large chile and let it infuse the juice for 30 minutes…I thought it was perfect, but you might like yours with less or more of a “kick”.

To say I am obsessed with this drink is a bit of an understatement…I foresee many batches of it in my house this summer. You can blend in some ice if you like, but know that the flavor will be diluted a bit if you do…the same goes for adding some seltzer.

It’s a perfectly delicious refresher without the alcohol, so the vodka is 100% optional.


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More tasty summer drinks:
Watermelon Cocktail Cooler from Gourmet Fury
Watermelon Cilantro Margaritas from In Jennie’s Kitchen
Blackberry Mint Limeade from Savory Sweet Life
Cherry Limeade from She Wears Many Hats
Mango Strawberry Spritzer from Heather Christo Cooks
Saturday Sangria from Aggie’s Kitchen


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    Ethan — June 26, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I can see being obsessed with this drink. It sounds great and it’s just cool to make! And with or without vodka, depending on the day you’ve had :)

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    Raquel@Erecipe Free Nutrtional Calculator — June 26, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    Refreshing and it will quench the thirst. A simple and delicious drink to make.

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    Geri — June 27, 2011 @ 5:05 am

    Love it! When we have parties, I try to make a cocktail base that kids can drink and that adults can add whatever alcohol they like to (or not.) But that requires something be tasty enough for kids and also sophisticated enough for adults to feel like it’s a treat. This looks like it could easily replace my staple pomegranate/blood orange cocktail.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — June 27, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    looks great! Hope you’re doing well!

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    SMITH BITES — June 27, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    gawd that’s a gorgeous drink Winnie – SWOON!!

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    Katy (KatySheCooks) — June 27, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Looks fantastic — I will absolutely try this soon, as I had a cucumber-jalapeno mojito in Chattanooga last weekend and the subtle heat combined with refreshing cucumber was perfect. Brilliant! (Though I’ll be spiking mine ; )

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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — June 27, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    Ooooh…looking forward to trying this!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — June 27, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Just beautiful and looks so refreshing too. Though I must admit, the vodka is not optional for me; it’s a must!

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    LiztheChef — June 27, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    Fast work – thanks – love this!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 27, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    Oh, I just love the look of this drink… With or without the vodka! We have watermelons growing in our backyard, and I know they will be put to good use with this one. :)

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — June 27, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    What a refreshing drink! My hubby loves a little heat and I love the combination of sweet and spicy. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    sippitysup — June 27, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    A drink a melon jalapeno agua fresca that vendors sell on the streets corners in Los Angeles. Lime is a great addition too. GREG

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    Shelby — June 27, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    This looks so refreshing and I’m betting you know the vodka wouldn’t be optional here! ;)

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    Aggie — June 28, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am loving the kick!! I want mine with Patron! ;)

    Thanks so much for the link love!

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    Jeanette — June 28, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Winnie, this looks so refreshing for a hot summer day – love how you didn’t add any sugar to this – I will be trying this (the non-alcoholic version of course ;) for my kids, although probably without the chili pepper).

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 29, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Sweet, tart, spicy – what a fun drink, Winnie. I can see why you are obsessed.

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    Meg — June 30, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Hundred Acres is one of my favorite places to eat! I was there a few weeks ago and also fell in love with this cocktail…so yummy! I am excited to try your version…thanks for the information!

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    Angel — July 1, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    The name is spelled “jalapeño”, it has an Ñ!

    Nice recipe.

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    Party Hire Melbourne — August 5, 2011 @ 1:14 am

    I really, really want to try this! I can’t think of a more refreshing drink for a hot afternoon!

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    mjskit — June 21, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    I’m planning on juicing up another watermelon tomorrow. This sounds like a delicious way to use some of the juice. Love the kick with the jalapeno!

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    Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts — July 19, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Winnie, I LOVE this drink! It’s a perfect summer drink, and especially so during this July heat. :-) I’ve featured it over at All Gluten-Free Desserts today so many more folks can find and enjoy it! ;-)

    Happy weekend!

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