Sit back and relax this summer with a delicious and refreshing no-sugar added watermelon mojito full of the fresh flavors of summer!
This post, recipe, and images are by Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN.
In case you couldn’t tell from our previous posts, Jessica and I are both big fans of watermelon! (Have you seen Jessica’s Watermelon, Feta and Mint Skewers and my Watermelon, Feta and Mint salad? Great minds think alike!) So when Jessica asked me to come up with a summer cocktail for her blog, a drink with watermelon was the obvious choice.
And since we both love watermelon with mint, why not make a cocktail that already uses loads of fresh mint? A Watermelon Mojito that contains just a few ingredients and is super simple to make is of course the perfect answer to a fresh, summery cocktail! You don’t even need a shaker or a muddler!
The thing I love most about this drink, besides the delicious flavor and the simple preparation, is that the watermelon brings a nice subtle sweetness so you don’t have to add any sweetener! I like my drinks very subtly sweet, so the level in this drink is just perfect for me. However, if you prefer a sweeter drink, a traditional mojito uses sugar that’s been muddled with the mint. Feel free to add some to your liking.
I like to just tear the mint leaves with my hands for this Watermelon Mojito – it brings out the natural oils in the mint so that you get a delightful mint flavor without having to chop or muddle the mint. No need for extra dirty dishes here, it is summer after all (well, almost), and you deserve to relax with a delicious drink without any extra cleanup. Simply add your ingredients to the glass, stir, and enjoy!
And if alcohol isn’t your thing or you can’t drink for health reasons (or you have a baby on the way), try this recipe out as a mocktail – it’s just as delicious and refreshing sans the rum!
FYI- This Watermelon Mojito is best served by the pool or beach, so grab one and relax. Cheers!
- 1/2 cup 4 oz watermelon puree
- 20 mint leaves
- Sugar (optional)
- Crushed ice
- 2 tablespoons 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup 4 oz white rum
- Club soda
- To make the watermelon puree, blend seedless watermelon cubes (about 1 cup) in a blender or
- food processor. Strain into glass and set aside.
- Rub the rims of 2 highball glasses with a mint leaf and dip in sugar to coat (optional). Fill glasses
- halfway with crushed ice.
- Tear mint leaves and split between the two glasses. To each glass add 2 ounces watermelon puree, 2 ounces rum, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Top with club soda and stir to combine. Garnish with extra mint leaves.
If you prefer a sweeter drink, muddle mint leaves with 1 tablespoon sugar before adding to glasses.