How to Make a Water Cooler #HappyHourDDU

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So far #HappyHourDDU has been all about the classic cocktails, the tried and tested. This week I thought I’d try one of the new kids on the block. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival hits town today and plays host to the best cocktail bartenders Australia has to offer. This thirst quenching concoction comes from Sydney’s Bulletin Place and hits just the right spot.


This drink works on so many levels, the Tequila with the salt and lime (sound familiar?), the watermelon and mint and a bitter sweet dash of colour from the Aperol. After making the Margarita and the Aperol Spritz (not to mention a bit of watermelon pilfered form Max’s lunch box) I had everything I needed so it would have been rude not to.

If you only ever take one thing from this blog, let this be it.

image  Ingredients

30ml Blanco Tequila (substitute for gin, vodka or white rum if tequila doesn’t float your boat)
30ml Aperol
30ml fresh watermelon juice (just whizz the fruit in a blender)
15ml lime juice
One teaspoon castor sugar
One tablespoon saltwater


Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and serve in a tumbler. Garnish with a mint sprig.

If you’re having a little Happy Hour all of your own, I’d love to see what’s in your glass. Take a pic and share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #happyhourddu and we can all get merry together. What’s your favourite cocktail? Happy Happy Hour!


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  • Sonia from Sonia Styling

    This sounds sooooooo good, could you bring one to me at my desk at work, please? It’ll help this last hour go quickly!
    On a serious note, I tend to avoid tequila at all costs (one too many nights with 0 memory of what actually happened) – could I substitute it for vodka?

    • daddownunder

      Good point Sonia, swap it for any white spirit – rum, gin, vodka. We could call your version a Water Coolerov ; )

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

    Funny how the preserve jar is now uber trendy, wish I’d remembered to steal a few of my mums stash. This looks too good to drink – Love it, no preservatives, no hangover!

  • Amanda Smyth

    I’ve never even HEARD of a water cooler. How can this be? Sounds dish. Promise to join #happyhourddu soon. xx