If you are a fan of watermelons and cocktails, then you’ll love these watermelon mojitos. It’s a refreshing twist on the traditional summer cocktail perfect for BBQ season or any other gathering. Mint and watermelon go together so well, I’ve made so many recipes with watermelon and mint, so why not make it into a refreshing cocktail? They’ll blow your guests away!
These summer drinks are:
- Easy to make
- Totally addictive
We’re just the beginning of June and here in Montreal, we’re already in a major heatwave. Sweltering humidity and a heat that reminds me of Cuba. Two of the things that Cubans do to refresh themselves from the heat is swimming in the ocean (which is unfortunately not an option for us) and drinking mojitos. Mojitos have always been a classic favorite of mine during the summer, so is watermelon. In the past, I have made so many recipes with mint and watermelon it just seemed to make sense to combine the two to make a delicious watermelon cocktail.
With the vaccines being distributed, summer is looming, the government is starting to lax up restrictions so this is good news for those who are looking forward to BBQ season, pool parties, and outdoor gatherings. So, if you’re like me and you think that these refreshing watermelon mojitos would make for a great addition for any BBQ gathering, here’s how you’ll make them.
Making Watermelon Mojitos:
Some recipes will include sugar instead of simple syrup. This is the lazy way of doing it and can make for a very sweet mojito at the bottom of your drink. This happens because the sugar takes time to completely dissolve if it is not heated up and will sediment to the bottom once you stir, making the drink sweeter as you finish the drink. To avoid this, you’ll have to either make your simple syrup or buy it. You can usually find this at any store that you can buy alcohol. Alternatively, you can make it but you’ll have to buy it in advance, but it’s really simple to make.
Simply add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water into a saucepan and stir. Bring the pot to a slow simmer for a minute or two, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let the syrup cool down a little for a few minutes and put it into the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.
Muddling your Mint
This step is so important to release all the aromas from the mint, or else you’ll just have a drink with some floating mint leaves. If you have a muddler, then great, muddle away! If not, you can do what I did and simply use the handle of a wooden spoon to muddle. Add your mint, watermelon, lime juice, and simple syrup to the bottom of a tall glass and press down until the watermelon is almost a purée.
To finish it off, add your rum, crushed ice and soda water then stir. Top off with a sprig of mint and serve.
- Muddle or muddle replacement
Simple Syrup ingredients
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup Watermelon cubed
- 1 Lime juiced
- 2 oz White rum
- 2 oz Simple syrup
- ¼ cup Mint
- 2 cups Crushed ice
- 3 oz Sparkling water
- To start, pour sugar and water into a shallow sauce pan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved and refrigerate for an hour. *
- Add mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and watermelon to the bottom of a tall glass, use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to muddle. **
- Add rum and fill glass two-thirds of the glass with ice. Top off with soda water and stir well using a bartender's spoon.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll love these Strawberry-Watermelon Daiquiri Pops.
I hope you enjoy these delicious summer mojitos as much I did and would love to see your comments.