Staring at the contents of her refrigerator inspired Fanny Chu to make this “summer salad” of a low-ABV cocktail. The combination of juicy watermelon and salty-sweet bread-and-butter pickle brine gets a kick from Campari and mezcal. (Chu finds that the vegetal notes of the clean, crisp Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Cucumber Tonic Water play particularly well with agave spirits.) Chu has also mixed up a spirits-free take she calls Hey, BeyBey!; it’s practically made to be a poolside go-to.
Sweetness among watermelons varies, so Chu advises tasting and adjusting with sugar or another sweetener if needed; adding a splash of an agave syrup will extend the fresh juice’s shelf-life.