Make Your Own Watermelon Jalapeno Liqueur Everclear Featured Recipe

Yield: 24 oz.

~20% Alc./Vol. (40 Proof)*

This Watermelon Bites Back.

With fresh watermelon and jalapeño, this liqueur provides the perfect balance of heat and relief. It ignites a peppery fire on the taste buds, and promptly douses the flames with refreshing, juicy watermelon.


To start, you’ll need to gather all your ingredients: 1 cup chopped ripe watermelon, ½ a medium jalapeño (sliced), 6 oz. Everlear® and anywhere between 11-13 oz. white simple syrup. If you don’t have simple syrup on hand and want to make your own, check out our simple syrup instructions.

Watermelon Jalapeno Liqueur Ingredients
Ingredients: Watermelon, jalapeño, Everclear® and simple syrup.

Place jalapeño slices and Everclear® in a sealable jar and let steep 10-15 minutes, or to desired heat. Jalapeño steeps rapidly, so taste often to ensure your infusion doesn’t become overly spicy. Once infused, strain out the jalapeño and add watermelon. Seal and let steep in a cool, dry place for 48 hours.

After steeping, you’ll want to strain out the watermelon solids. To do this, you’ll want to use a fine mesh strainer and press out the juices using a spoon or muddler. This should give you anywhere from 11-13 oz of watermelon jalapeño infusion.

Combine your infusion with an equal amount (11-13 oz.) of simple syrup. Mix, bottle and enjoy. This liqueur should be stored in the refrigerator and has a shelf life of about 3 weeks after it’s finished.

Want to try it out? Try our Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita.

Homemade Watermelon Jalapeno Liqueur

Yield: 24 oz.

~20% Alc./Vol. (40 Proof)*

Watermelon Jalapeño Liqueur

1 cup Ripe watermelon (chopped)
½ Medium jalapeño (sliced)
6 oz. Everclear®
11-13 oz. White Simple syrup


  1. Combine jalapeño and Everclear in a sealable container.
  2. Steep 10-15 minutes for desired spiciness.
  3. Strain out jalapeño.
  4. Add watermelon and steep in a cool, dry place for 48 hours.
  5. Strain with a fine, mesh strainer, pressing with a spoon of muddler.
  6. Add simple syrup.
  7. Bottle, store in the refrigerator and enjoy.

*If using Everclear® 151: 15.9% Alc./Vol. (31.8 Proof)

Photo of Ted Kilgore
Created by:
Ted Kilgore

Make It Your Own’s in-house mixologist, Ted Kilgore, is a 17-year veteran of the bar and spirits world. Passing the B.A.R. with BAR Ready certification in 2007, he is now proprietor and Beverage Director at Planter’s House in St. Louis.

Caution: Do not apply to open flame. Keep away from fire, heat and open flame. Contents may ignite or explode. Do not consume in excessive quantities. Not intended for consumption unless mixed with non-alcoholic beverage.