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A new take on what has become a classic; the watermelon is a great addition to the flavors of a mojito.
- 4 large sprigs of fresh mint (about 10 leaves per cocktail)
- 2 cups of watermelon puree (put chunks of watermelon in your food processor and process until smooth)
- 1/4 cup Simple Syrup (See notes)
- Ice cubes
- 1 cup Bacardi white rum
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- Sparkling water or club soda, chilled
- Set out 4 glasses
- Put about 10 leaves of mint into each glass and top with 1 Tbsp of simple syrup.
- Use a muddler (you can use the handle of a wooden spoon) to crush the mint and syrup; the more you muddle, the fuller the flavors.
- Pour 1/2 cup of the watermelon puree into each glass and then fill the glass with ice. Add 2 ounces of rum to each glass along with 1 Tbsp of lime juice.
- Use a long-handled spoon to mix everything together.
- Top off each glass with a little sparkling water or soda and garnish with a slice of watermelon, a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.
I make a lot of simple syrup for cocktails and most recipes call for far more than you actually need so I've found that the microwave is my friend. Simply boil water in the microwave and then add the sugar; return to boil for another minute and stir; continue to boil only if you do not see any sugar crystals.
Doing it this way I'll do a quarter cup each of sugar and water and quit wasting the larger batches I make that just get in the way in the fridge. Just remember to do it first and stick in the fridge or freezer to chill.