Watermelon Mojito

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  • A refreshing Watermelon Mojito recipe with fresh watermelon juice and simple syrup muddled with mint for an incredible easy summer cocktail.

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    A mojito is one of my absolute favorite cocktails. It’s the quintessential summer drink. I was instantly hooked on mojitos after my first trip to Mexico. Since, I realized that not all mojitos are created equal.

    Watermelon Mojitos are best made fresh, without a mix. Like all good things, a Watermelon Mojito requires just a few simple ingredients, yielding the most amazing summer flavor.

    What is in a Watermelon Mojito?

    A mojito is typically made with mint, sparkling water, rum, simple syrup and lime juice. This Watermelon Mojito recipe offers a simple twist that’s full of summer flavor!

    • pureed watermelon or juice
    • sparkling water or club soda
    • mint leaves
    • simple syrup (aka as mojito syrup)
    • rum
    • optional: freshly squeezed lime juice

    The combination of juice and rum is irresistible! It’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo parties, barbecues, poolside or a day on the water. A watermelon rum cocktail is just what summer ordered!

    Sweet Mint

    By summer, mint is growing abundantly in our garden. I incorporate it into some of our favorite dishes like this Cherry Tomato Pasta, but especially enjoy it in summer cocktails. Mint adds so much flavor and makes a beautiful garnish as well.

    If you plant just one herb, plant mint. It is extremely easy to grow, very forgiving, and a great addition to so many recipes. It also keeps bugs at bay! Plant mint in a pot or container. You can bury it in the ground if you prefer. Otherwise mint can overtake your garden because it quickly multiplies.

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    The Best Rum for Mojitos

    Mojitos are best with white rum. The below is an array of white rum that blend well with watermelon juice and make the best Watermelon Mojitos!

    • Captain Morgan White Rum
    • Flora de Cana
    • Bacardi Silver
    • Bones White Rum
    • Koloa White Rum

    How to Make a Watermelon Mojito

    1. In a food processor, puree watermelon. Remove any seeds with fine mesh sieve. Set aside.
    2. Muddle mint in the bottom of a glass with a muddler or wooden spoon.
    3. Fill with crushed ice.
    4. Add pureed watermelon, white rum, sparkling water and simple syrup. Stir to combine.
    5. Garnish with mint and watermelon wedge.

    You can also make these in a large pitcher

    Do You Need a Mojito Muddler?

    No, but I highly recommend one! A muddler is just $5 and great for making mojitos, guacamole and so much more! Plus, it makes you look like a skilled bartender. However, you can use any kitchen tool to mash the mint and release the flavor. The back of a wooden spoon makes a great alternative.

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    How to Make a Watermelon Mojito Mocktail Without Alcohol

    You can make a watermelon mojito without alcohol and still have the same amazing flavor you crave! A virgin mojito is just as good as the real thing.

    To make a mojito mocktail, substitute rum with white grape juice, pineapple juice, apple juice or apple cider. Follow the recipe in the printable recipe card below!

    You can also simply omit the rum and add more club soda or sparkling water and simple syrup to taste.

    How to Make a Frozen Watermelon Mojito

    Yes, you can make it frozen! Just add ice to the watermelon puree in your food processor. Blend with rum and simple sugar and pour over mint.

    If you really want to mix it up, serve it with watermelon sorbet, inspired by this Mojito Float! Boozy floats are always a hit in summer!

    Make a Pitcher of Watermelon Mojitos to Serve a Crowd

    (serves 8)

    • 16 chunks of seedless watermelon
    • Mint
    • Ice
    • 1 c simple syrup
    • 1 ½ c white rum
    • 4 c club soda or sparkling water

    Make it a Skinny Watermelon Mojito

    To make it skinny, simply eliminate club soda and simple syrup and use Sprite Zero! It’s so amazing you won’t miss any flavor, I promise!

    You can make these ahead, too! Watermelon purée can be stored in an airtight container refrigerated for up to two days and simple syrup can be refrigerated for months!

    If you make a Watermelon Mojito, don’t forget to leave a five star review! 

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    Watermelon Mojito

    Refreshing Watermelon Mojito recipe with fresh watermelon juice and simple syrup muddled with mint for an incredible easy summer cocktail.
    Course Drinks
    Cuisine Mexican
    Keyword 4th of July, beverage, easy cocktail, easy recipe, entertaining, fiesta, Mocktail, party, rum, summer
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 1
    Calories 150 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 2 square chunks of seedless watermelon
    • mint sprig
    • ice crushed or cubed
    • 1 oz simple syrup
    • 1 1/2 oz white rum
    • 1/2 c club soda

    Instructions

    1. In a food processor, puree watermelon. Remove any seeds with fine mesh sieve. Set aside.

    2. Muddle watermelon and lower leaves from sprig of mint {reserving others to garnish}.
    3. Add crushed ice. 
    4. Add 1 oz simple syrup or 2 tablespoons sugar, rum and club soda.

    Recipe Notes

    Mojito Substitutions

    • Substitute sugar for simple syrup.
    • Substitute sparkling water for club soda
    • For a virgin watermelon mojito, substitute rum with white grape juice, pineapple juice, apple juice or apple cider.

    Make a Pitcher of Watermelon Mojitos to Serve a Crowd (serves 8)

    • 16 chunks of seedless watermelon
    • Mint
    • Ice
    • 1 c simple syrup
    • 1 ½ c white rum
    • 4 c club soda or sparkling water
    Nutrition Facts
    Watermelon Mojito
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 150
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    If you love all things watermelon, you’ll love these Watermelon Margaritas, too! 

    Originally published June 2018.

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