Melon Baller: Jim Meehan's Take on a Watermelon Margarita


I like the idea of a watermelon margarita. But you can't really substitute watermelon for lime juice—it just doesn't have that acidity. And sure, you could add watermelon on top of the lime juice, but to me, that's kind of like making a banana daiquiri. Is it a tasty drink? Sure. But should you do it? Out of principle, probably not. Also there's the issue of strength. People tend to think of the margarita as a light and refreshing drink, but between the tequila and tripe sec, your typical margarita can be stronger than a Manhattan. So I like the idea of adding tequila to something traditional and quite light, like aguas frescas. These are the natural sodas of Mexico, typically made with watermelon, hibiscus, or tamarind. I operate on the "what grows together, goes together" principle, so adding tequila to a traditional Mexican beverage just makes sense.

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Recipe: Le Père-Bis Cocktail

Jim Meehan's hot toddy: Le Père-Bis


In search of a unique hot toddy recipe, we turned to Jim Meehan, who can be found stirring and shaking cocktails at New York City’s PDT, winner of the JBF Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2012. He shared his favorite take on this wintertime pick-me-up: Le Père-Bis. “A few years ago, Rob Cooper asked me to create a winter warmer with what was then was his new spirit, St-Germain,” Meehan told us. “I mixed it with one of Islay’s legendary peat monsters, Ardbeg 10 Year, and found that the elderflower balanced the Scotch gracefully.”


Get the recipe here.

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