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Alabama Sunset

  • Author: Bull Garlington


My extended family in Alabama helped me name this drink when we made it up this summer while we were melting into the red clay soil during a southern heatwave. It does take a teensy-weensy bit of preparation, but it is so worth it.


  • 1.5 ounces mezcal
  • 2 ounces of spicy watermelon granita (recipe below)
  • Lime and salt or sugar for the rim, and for a pinch in the glass



  • About 4 cups of pureed seedless watermelon
  • A pinch of Cajun spice mix
  • Splash of lime juice

Blend all the ingredients together, pour into a metal baking pan. Freeze for about 30 to 45 minutes, until the mixture has just started to freeze. Use a fork to scrape the partially frozen mixture into coarse flakes. Return to the freezer. Repeat two or three times then freeze for another four hours.

Alabama Sunset:

  • Rim margarita glass with lime and salt or sugar
  • Add mezcal to the glass
  • Fill with the granita
  • Garnish with a thin slice of lime, wedged into the granita