La Bruja Cocktail

A refreshing tequila cocktail recipe using fresh watermelon, lime, and jalapenos. The perfect balance between sweet and spicy!

A great cocktail recipe called La Bruja made with watermelon, tequila, lime and jalapeno

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I am a certified travel addict and since I haven’t been able to travel this past year going on two years I finally decided to immerse myself in travel other ways by becoming a travel agent on top of food blogger.

My friends know how much I travel. I can talk travel 24/7 with someone if they will listen that long! While this blog focusses on mostly healthy recipes and some fun treats I hope to include more of the foods that I have had the pleasure to enjoy on my travels or be inspired by places I still have left to go.

My list of places to visit is very very long! This week during one of my travel trainings Club Med had a contest for us travel agents to make one of their recipes and share a photo to possibly win a free trip.

So what do you think I did… well you are looking at it! I made this recipe for La Bruja which is the most popular cocktail at Club Med Ixtapa!

Ingredients for La Bruja cocktail

What does La Bruja Mean?

In Spanish, la bruja means the witch. Now I have no idea what this drink has to do with a witch or even Halloween but if you drink too many of them maybe you can expect to feel a little haggard or “witchy” in the morning!

ingredients you’ll Need

  • Watermelon – Cubed with the rind and seeds removed.
  • Lime – Wedges for muddling and lime juice as well.
  • Jalapeno – Sliced thin across to get rounds and remove the seeds as well as possible.
  • Tequila – White tequila or reposado tequila are the best to use.
  • Triple Sec – A sweet orange flavoured liquor. You can also substitute for Cointreau but beware Cointreau has a higher alcohol content.
  • Simple Syrup – a sugar and water mixture. You could also use honey or agave.
Overhead shot of a tequila cocktail made with watermelon

How to make Simple Syrup

Making simple syrup is super easy and only takes a few minutes to make and about a half-hour to cool. I love cocktails and lots of cocktails require simple syrup so I like to make this ahead of time and store it in a small salad dressing container so I always have it handy.

To make simple syrup, add 1 part sugar to 1 part water. I usually add a cup of each to a small pot. Warm over medium heat stirring often until the mixture becomes clear like water and the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool. Store in the fridge in a sealed jar.

Is it possible to make a keto version of simple syrup?

Yes! Just swap out the granulated sugar for monk fruit or granulated stevia and make it the exact same way.

How to make La Bruja Tequila Cocktails

For two cocktails (because sharing is nice) cube about 1 cup of watermelon removing the rind and seeds. Slice 4 rounds of jalapeno pepper and remove the seeds as best you can. And cut two wedges of lime.

A glass filled with watermelon cubes, jalapeno slices and a lime wedge.

Add the watermelon, lime wedge, jalapeno and 1 oz of fresh lime juice to the glass and muddle them up until the watermelon is more of a pulp or smash.

If you don’t have a muddler, the end of a potato masher or large kitchen utensil works well too.

A glass filled with crushed watermelon and a muddler.

The muddler works to not only mash the watermelon but also to release the oils and juice from the lime and the jalapeno.

Once everything is all mashed up, add 1 oz tequila, 1 oz Triple Sec and 1 oz of simple syrup. Add some ice. Then give it a stir to mix.

To make this cocktail look fancy you can add a wheel of lime, jalapeno, or decorate with a thinly sliced wedge of watermelon.

Two glasses filled with La Bruja cocktail recipe and garnished with watermelon and jalapeno

Can this recipe be made into a pitcher?

Yes of course! And it is quite easy to do because the liquid ingredients are all a 1:1 ratio. A standard pitcher is 2 quarts or 8 cups so to make a pitcher of La Bruja I would suggest:

  • 4 cups of watermelon, cubed
  • 1 large jalapeno, sliced thin and seeds removed
  • 2 limes cut into wedges or wheels
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • Top with ice and slice watermelon wedges thin for garnish
Watermelon cocktails dressed with a watermelon wedge and a jalapeno.

about Club Med Ixtapa

Club Med Ixtapa is an award-winning all-inclusive family resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico known for its golden sandy beaches, amazing snorkeling, and breathtaking sunsets. They even have a flying trapeze which is super random but could make for some great stories!

If you would like more information just send me an email… as a food blogger/travel agent I would love to send you on this adventure so long as you send some pics of you on that trapeze (just kidding… but if you do I want to see pics!)

More spanish-Inspired Cocktails To Try:

A watermelon cocktail on a table.

La Bruja

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
A refreshing tequila cocktail recipe using fresh watermelon, lime, and jalapenos. The perfect balance between sweet and spicy!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 glass
Calories 250 kcal


  • Chopping Knife
  • Measuring Cups
  • 1 oz jigger or shot glass
  • Muddler
  • Glass tumbler or large stemless wine glass


  • ½ cup watermelon cubed, seeds removed
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • 2 rounds of jalapeno pepper slices seeds removed
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz White or Repasado tequila
  • 1 oz Triple Sec


  • Add the watermelon, lime wedge, jalapeno slices and simple syrup to a glass tumbler.
  • Use a muddler to crush the watermelon to a pulp and release the lime juice and jalapeno oils and flavour.
  • Add the lime juice, tequila and Triple Sec and top with ice. Mix well and enjoy responsibly!


Serving: 1glassCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 0gFat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 0gSugar: 30g
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love a sweet cocktail with a kick! Looking forward to winding down with this tonight; looks too good to pass up, indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    Tequila cocktails have always been a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing something different than the norm. Yummy.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m going to try it this evening. Have got all the ingredients to make this delicious cocktails.

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