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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10 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!

  3. Mark

    Beautiful and inspiring! I just got flimango peppers in my CSA box in northern California and googled to find a recipe so now I’d like to print your recipe but can’t seem to find instructions help! xoxo

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