The thing about summer fruit and veggies that you don’t grow yourself that drives me nuts? How to tell if their quality will be summer fresh or just as bad as winter produce. I will never have a watermelon patch so I rely on the grocers and farmers markets to provide a melon that lives up to expectations. I was sorely disappointed last week. You can knock them and sniff them and perform voodoo I suppose but I always feel like I’m lucky when I get a perfect specimen. This week was much better and the fruit so perfectly ripe and red and juicy and filled with flavor that I just had to make a cocktail and this Watermelon Mint Mojito won the opportunity to shine.
I recently had a Watermelon Mojito when out with friends and to tell you the truth; the blending of the watermelon didn’t work for me. Mojitos are sort of messy and imperfect, with the fruit, juice and sugar muddled together with either a muddler or the back of a spoon. Sipping on a perfectly blended one just seemed wrong so I set out to right that wrong with this concoction today. All I can say is bless this mess. I liked having the occasional bite of watermelon and bet you will too. I think they also used ginger ale instead of club soda. Just no. Whenever I do a variation on a theme there are some standards and I wouldn’t substitute club soda for ginger ale in a mojito any more than I would think that bourbon would work for tequila in a margarita; the soda should add a slight fizz but not really interfere with the already perfect flavor profile.
This Watermelon Mint Mojito deserves the best watermelon and you deserve this drink. Go on…get the grass cut and then sit back and enjoy your handiwork with one of these frosty and perfectly summery libations. Cheers!
Watermelon Mint Mojitos
- 1 cup watermelon
- 20 mint leaves
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 oz Simple Syrup (optional if watermelon is super sweet) (Mix equal amounts water and sugar in saucepan and boil just until sugar is dissolved. Cool)
- 3 ounces light rum
- Chilled club soda
- 2 large Melon balls of watermelon
- 2 mint sprigs
- Combine watermelon, mint leaves and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle until leaves are broken up slightly and watermelon is crushed.
- Fill shaker with ice, add the simple syrup and rum.
- Shake until ice cold.
- Fill glasses half full with ice; pour contents of shaker (do not strain) including ice into glasses.
- Top with chilled club soda and gently stir.
- Garnish with watermelon and mint.