Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Big Water Grille’s Hot Water |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Big Water Grille’s Hot Water

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin. In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the Basin.

This week’s drink is perfect for the dog days of summer. By name alone, Big Water Grille’s Hot Water may sound like something that’s better for a night in the ole hot tub to help lube up those tired joints, but it’s quite the opposite of that.

This cocktail is actually enjoyed best on a warm sunny afternoon with the Sierra Nevada sun shining directly on your shades — don’t forget sunscreen.

The name actually refers to the habanero-infused silver tequila that gives this drink a special bite. Don’t be scared by all the YouTube videos you’ve seen about people jamming raw peppers down their gullet; the bite will not give you “Game of Thrones” dragon breath.

The drink actually starts out cool then the habanero kicks in. But don’t worry. It doesn’t linger like a “Cranberries” song. It’s more like robbing a bank — gets in and gets out.

The rest of the libation consists of fresh watermelon puree, freshly squeezed lime and simple syrup. The rim is dressed up with a pico limon-sugar and is finished off with a garnish of fresh lime. If you had a block party, this would be the neighbor that is a little rowdy to start, but in the end is always nice to have around.

This drink is definitely one that you want to enjoy with a first course — think light and refreshing.

If you’re thinking of pulling one down with a main course like a juicy New York steak, we can’t be friends. Save the steak for a nice red wine.

This one is definitely better paired with light seafood or a crisp salad — Big Water Grille has both.

Big Water Grille is located in Incline Village, Nevada at 341 Sky Way (on your way to Diamond Peak). You can find them online at or by phone at 775-833-0606.

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