This watermelon mojito is the perfect summer's cocktail - colorful, refreshing and easy to make too. You'll be sipping them all summer long!
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Having a young child definitely put a dampener on drinking much more than coffee or water for me, as I'm sure is true for many. Between pregnancy then him not exactly being a sleeper, even once I had anything, it was more likely just a beer or small glass of wine. In fairness, that was my main go-to before anyway.
Not so long ago, however, I was at a conference where they were serving mojitos one evening. It reminded me that it's a drink I used to like now and then. And it was about time I made one at home.
What's in a mojito?
A mojito is a classic Cuban drink made with rum, lime, mint, sugar and soda water. These days, you'll find various variations adding in fruit and other flavors.
With summer just about upon us, this colorful watermelon mojito seemed like a good place to start. It's a deliciously fresh drink, but does of course have a little kick of alcohol in there too.
While it wasn't the first time I had mojitos, Madrid was certainly where I had them a bit more regularly. One of my friends who was also there for a few months was more of a spirits drinker than I have ever been. Conveniently, we found a decent cocktail bar near where he was living.
It quickly became one of the spots that a few of us would meet up. There wasn't a huge range of drinks as you can get in some places, but they were all good. And mojitos were a definite favorite.
After Madrid, I moved to New York where I was introduced to much larger cocktail selections, with many variations, particularly fruity. Maybe it's partly the thought that you can tell yourself you are having some fruit too so they're not that bad for you really, who knows. But either way they were tasty, and this watermelon mojito reminds me of some of them.
Watermelon has such a beautiful color that it makes cocktails look pretty for a start, but it also has a lovely delicate flavor that is a great addition as well. It also conveniently pairs well with both lime and mint, the main flavors in a mojito.
How to make a watermelon mojito
I've made this a couple of different ways and while it's a little more work, I recommend making watermelon juice first for this. You'll see above when I tried muddling the watermelon with the mint and the color is nowhere near as bright, nor is the flavor. It's also more 'bitty' so not as easy to drink.
So instead I recommend:
- Make watermelon juice by putting chunks of watermelon juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain to remove excess pulp and seeds.
- Muddle mint leaves with lime juice and sugar in bottom of a glass. Mix in rum and watermelon juice.
- Add ice, top up with soda water and stir gently to mix together.
A watermelon mojito makes for such a colorful, refreshing drink that's perfect for summer. I'm already wondering why I didn't made them earlier. But now I have, I can see them being made a few times in the coming months. Give them a try and you'll see what I mean! (Then move on to my Pimm's mojito for another great summer sipper!)
Looking for more watermelon recipes? Try these!
- Spicy watermelon margarita
- Watermelon sorbet
- Coconut watermelon agua fresca
- Plus get more inspiration in the cocktail recipes archives.
- ¾ cup watermelon around 1 large slice, to give around 4oz/120ml (½cup) juice
- ½ lime (large)
- 6 mint leaves large
- ½ tablespoon sugar or a little more if you prefer sweeter or the watermelon is not that sweet
- 1.5 oz white rum 45ml eg Bacardi or 2oz/60ml if you prefer stronger
- 2 oz sparkling water 60ml (¼cup), approx
- Put the watermelon chunks in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine strainer, pressing through well but holding back seeds and thick pulp. You should get around 4oz/120ml of juice.
- Squeeze the juice from the lime into a hi-ball glass and add gently crushed mint leaves and sugar - muddle together with a muddler (or pestle/back of spoon if you don't have).
- Add the watermelon juice and rum, mix together, then add some ice. Top up the glass with soda water and stir before serving.