On a warm summer day nothing is as easy to prepare and more refreshing than a watermelon mojito. For the purist of the classic Cuban mojito cocktail introducing the flavor of watermelon might seem like a sacrilegious act, but as mother always said “how do you know you don’t like it until you have tried it?” The sweetness of the watermelon perfectly complements the flavors of a traditional rum mojito recipe and offers an interesting take on the classic Cuban cocktail. If you are willing to take a walk on the mojito wild side the recipe is below:
You will need:
Watermelon. For the drink, use 3 cups of the fleshy red part of the Watermelon removed from the rind. Process in a blender or food processor. After you have liquified the fruit strain out the seeds unless of course you are using a seedless watermelon. Seedless watermelons are less flavorful so using an organic melon or one with seeds is preferable.
take 24 mint leaves and tear them by hand into a pitcher. You can also use a muddler for better results but doing it by hand works great in a pinch if don’t own a muddler.
Add the watermelon puree along with 12 ounces of Rum to the pitcher. Next add the juice of 4 limes (or to taste) and half a cup of simple syrup.
Stir gently until combined.
Pour over ice in glasses and garnish each with a small wedge of watermelon, a mint sprig and some lime.