Fresh lemon juice gives the Red Melon the semblance of watermelon rind without the bitterness of the real thing.  Adding Jim Beam Bourbon to the Red Stag cuts through a portion of the sweetness.  Using fresh watermelon as flavoring means no extra added sugar in the form of liqueurs or simple syrup.  This cocktail comes across very fresh.  For richer Red Stag flavor leave out the Jim Beam Bourbon without increasing any other ratios in the cocktail.

Red Melon – created by Cheri Loughlin

Red Melon 5 created by Cheri Loughlin - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin4 – 1-1/2 inch Watermelon Chunks

1 measure Red Stag by Jim Beam

1/2 measure Jim Beam Bourbon

1/2 measure Fresh Lemon Juice

Watermelon Chunks for Garnish

Place watermelon chunks in a mixing glass.  Muddle.  Add Red Stag, Jim Beam Bourbon and lemon Juice with ice.  Shake.  Strain into a large rocks glass over fresh ice.  Garnish with a skewer or fresh watermelon chunks.

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