watermelon mojitos

Have you ever had a watermelon that had the most perfect flavor but was a little mushy and overripe?  Well this is the most amazing thing you could possible do in those circumstances!  I have been loving mojitos recently and thought that adding watermelon juice would make the most amazing summer cocktail!  I was right.  Everyone drank these until we were completely out of juice (which means we saved an entire watermelon from the garbage!)  This did take a little bit of time to make – but I can assure you that it was well worth every minute.  The color of this drink is just so beautiful!


Watermelon Mojito (Makes 1)

  • 1/4 lime; juiced
  • 1 oz mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz white rum (I used Bacardi)
  • Watermelon
  • Crushed ice
Cube watermelon and puree in blender – I didn’t even take the seeds out and mine was fine!  Strain the watermelon to remove the seeds and pulpy part.
Add the lime juice, and mint leaves to a glass and muddle with a dull object to release the flavors (I used a small wooden spoon but anything works.  You don’t need to invest in any fancy equipment for this!)  Add crushed ice to fill the glass.  Top off with rum and fresh watermelon juice and garnish with a lime or watermelon wedge!  Enjoy!
This could easily be a great pitcher drink for parties!!  It would also be yummy with a splash of club soda if you aren’t looking to get too liquored up!

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 2 fresh sprigs of mint (stems and all)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water

Bring water, sugar, and mint to a boil stirring occasionally.  Turn heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely.  Let the syrup cool to room temperature.  Remove mint sprigs and pour into a clean glass jar.  Store in the refrigerator.  This can be made ahead of time and used over and over again!  This recipe is also a fun way to mix new flavors into drinks.  Try chipotle, lavender, rose, vanilla, or anything else you can think of!


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