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!)
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!!