Serves a Crowd

Watermelon mojito

April 18, 2010
Author Notes

I was drinking mojitos before they were cool. Well, they were cold, but before they were popular. I love the classic one, but this watermelon number is my very favorite cooler for hot days. Pink glasses and pink flamingo swizzle sticks are optional, but certainly add to the experience. - Kayb —Kayb

Test Kitchen Notes

An ideal cocktail for steamy summer days -- fruity, bubbly and not too sweet. The watermelon is light, refreshing and gives the drink a tantalizing rosy hue. Each component plays a vital role, so resist the temptation to skip the club soda or skimp on the mint. These mojitos are quick to put together and sure to please a crowd. - mariaraynal
—The Editors

  • Serves 2
  • 2 cups watermelon, in chunks
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces light rum
  • ice
  • club soda
  • 10 good-sized sprigs fresh mint
In This Recipe
  1. In a blender, whiz together the watermelon, syrup, lime juice and rum.
  2. Muddle 4 sprigs of mint in the bottom of each of two glasses. Add ice, and divide contents of blender between glasses.
  3. Finish filling glasses with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Make another blender-full before you drink these, because you'll want another.

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