What do you think of when you think of summer? Do you think of getting together with your friends, barbecues, down time near a body of water? I pretty much think of all those things along with a few others. A few summer foods come to mind as well…corn, tomatoes, peaches, zucchini and watermelon. A summer get together just wouldn’t be complete unless it had pretty pink & green wedges of sweet watermelon laid out on a paper plate waiting for everyone to dig in. Summer screams watermelon.
I discovered this fruity little adult beverage last summer after coming across it on my then new-to-me-friend Dara’s blog. When I saw how simple and refreshing these mojitos looked, I couldn’t resist and made them pretty much immediately. They have become a warm weather staple in our house since then.
If you have a ton of mint growing in your yard – like I do and am sure many of you do too – then this is a perfect way to finally put it into good use. Enjoy these mojitos with your friends and family poolside…you’ll be glad you did. And don’t forget to treat the little ones running around to a refreshing mocktail version of these by just leaving out the rum!
Recipe courtesy of Cookin’ Canuck
Serves 4 (or 2!)
3 cups 1/2-inch cubes watermelon
12 medium to large fresh mint sprigs
6 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp granulated sugar
6 oz. light rum
4 lime slices
4 mint sprigs
Place watermelon cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth.
In a small pitcher or carafe, combine the fresh mint leaves with the sugar and fresh lime juice. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, gently muddle the ingredients to release the oils from the mint. Be careful not to muddle to the point where the leaves fall apart. Pour rum and the watermelon puree into the pitcher and stir gently.
Serve in your favorite tall glasses over ice with additional mint and lime for garnish.