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La Estrella

La Estrella cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

This spicy and sweet cocktail from New York City bar pro Phil Ward will have you seeing stars.


  • 4 sugar cubes
  • 3 ounces club soda, divided
  • 4 1-inch chunks of seedless watermelon
  • 2 ounces Flor de Caña 4-year-old rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Garnish: pineapple slice
  • Garnish: strawberry


  1. In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cubes and 1 ounce of club soda until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Add watermelon pieces and muddle again.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and ice, and stir until well-chilled.

  4. Strain into a large snifter with one large ice cube inside.

  5. Top with the remaining 2 ounces of club soda.

  6. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a strawberry.