Watermelon Mojitos

My husband and I normally have a rule that we don’t drink on weeknights. We, um, broke that rule tonight! What can I say? He had a job interview today (internal position – hoping for a promotion! *fingers crossed*) and he needed to unwind. I couldn’t let him drink alone :) I had leftover simple syrup from my weekend mojito mania and I hated for it to go to waste. I also had an abundance of watermelon, thanks to the farmer’s market and then my CSA Box. I tried several different versions of this drink, and the final product is one that my husband deemed “an alcoholic jolly rancher with a twist”. Two thumbs up!!

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 large handfuls of fresh mint leaves
2-3 handfuls cubed watermelon
Lime juice (you should use fresh, but in a pinch, the bottled will do)
Light rum (Bacardi is my choice!)
Crushed ice
Club soda

1) Place 8-10 torn mint leaves and water in a microwave safe dish [I like something like a Pyrex measuring cup]. Heat in the microwave until boiling (2-3 minutes). Remove dish from the microwave and rapidly stir in the sugar until dissolved. Allow the syrup mix to cool completely before using.

2) Place watermelon in blender and puree until liquefied. If you have texture issues, run this through a sieve to get the remaining fibers out!

3) To make a single drink: Place 8-10 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass and pour 2 shot glass measures (3 fl oz) of watermelon juice over the mint leaves. Use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to crush the mint leaves and watermelon juice together.

3) Add 3/4 of a shotglass measure of lime juice (1 oz), 2 shots (3 fl oz) of light rum and 1 shot glass measure (1.5 oz) of the cooled simple syrup. Place liquid with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. Pour into a glass and fill any extra room in your glass with club soda. Enjoy!!

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9 thoughts on “Watermelon Mojitos

    1. 1messychef Post author

      They go down smoothe and sneak up on you! Perfect if you live somewhere hot (like it is in FL right now! Oppressive!) I hope you like them!! :)

  1. Misty

    I have just finished two of these lovely, lovely drinks, and on behalf of my husband and me: Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m off to enjoy the buzz … :)

  2. Karen

    All I can say is YUM! I made these tonight for my husband and I and we loved them! Not overly sweet and a great fresh flavor. I wasn’t sure how the mint would work with the watermelon, but it was a lovely surprise. We ended up making several of these. My new favorite drink!

    1. 1messychef Post author

      I was with you on the mint + watermelon, but they are a nice compliment to each other and not too strong!! So glad you liked them!

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  4. Hadi

    For me this is a relatively easy qutoeisn, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.


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