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Black Sand Cocktail Recipe

Aug 03, 2017 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
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The Black Sand Cocktail is a twist on the classic Margarita, using watermelon as its base fruit flavour instead of lime.

The Margarita is not the only cocktail with a Mexican heritage. After a straight-up shot of tequila, the Paloma is the most popular Tequila-based drink in Mexico. It mixes Tequila with lime, salt and grapefruit juice for a tangy drink that will make your eyes water. There’s also the all-Mexican coffee, that mixes the two Mexican powerhouses of Tequila and Kahlua with Mexican grown coffee beans.

Our Black Sand recipe pairs Tequila with Dry Vermouth for a refreshing drink that’s not overly sweet. We keep the Mexican theme alive by adding agave nectar instead of a simple syrup, and throw in a hint of mint by muddling a few leaves with the watermelon before adding the alcohol. The end result is both different and divine.

The Black Sand takes its name from the layer of black salt added to the rim of the glass. Some bartenders claim that salt was only added to the rim of a Margarita to hide the taste of bad Tequila, and many fans omit it altogether. If you can’t find black salt, you can substitute with white (but it’s not as cool), or simply leave it out and “go naked”.

Here’s the recipe for a Black Sand Cocktail:


  • 45ml Tequila
  • 7.5ml Dry Vermouth
  • 7.5ml agave nectar
  • 2 large pieces of watermelon
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Black lava salt


  1. Muddle the watermelon and mint in the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill with ice.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Shake vigorously.
  5. Run a wedge of lime around the rim of a Margarita glass.
  6. Dip in black lava salt.
  7. Strain drink into glass.


  • Cocktail shaker.
  • Ice.
  • Margarita glass.


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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.


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