Continuing on our watermelon theme from last week’s watermelon salad with jalapeno and avocado, this watermelon mojito is just about the perfect summer cocktail. The watermelon simple syrup brings this cocktail to life and takes the already refreshing and fantastic traditional mojito up a big notch.
I don’t know about you, but to me watermelon is summer. We always had watermelon in my house all summer long when I was young. My mom is a fantastic gardener and had a watermelon patch and everything. My brother and sister and I would all pick our own melon and would have a competition to see whose would grow biggest. Pretty much the minute it gets hot out and I see watermelon in the grocery store, I’m on it and simply can’t find enough recipes to try to stretch my watermelon cuisine boundaries.
Speaking of stretching boundaries, we are about to head to Miami for the first time and hope to have some great food experiences down there. What’s that you say? They may have good cocktails in Miami too? Hmm…interesting thought. We’ll keep an eye out.
Happy summer everyone. Enjoy this delicious, refreshing watermelon mojito and let us know any other great variations you know on the mojito!
- 4 ounces silver rum
- 4 ounces watermelon syrup [*see recipe below*]
- 6 ounces club soda
- crushed ice
- 2 mint sprigs, for garnish
- Watermelon Simple Syrup
- ⅓ cup watermelon, cubed
- 1 lime, for freshly squeezed juice
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 6 mint leaves
- First make your watermelon syrup by combining the watermelon cubes, lime juice, honey and mint leaves in a small sauce pan. Then muddle the watermelon with the other ingredients and cook on medium-low heat until the ingredients are heated and combined.
- Strain the syrup using a fine strainer into a jar. Place in the refrigerator for a least an hour (or freezer for 15 minutes if in a hurry) before using in cocktail.
- Fill 2 chilled glass with crushed ice, then add 2 ounces of rum and 2 ounces of watermelon syrup to each glass. Top off with club soda and add a sprig of mint for garnish.