Watermelon Mojitos are the summertime cocktail of your dreams! So perfectly refreshing, I know you’ll be making one every day this summer!
I am LOVING the summer weather we’re having these days. If I ever complain about the heat, someone please pinch me and then bring me a nice cold cocktail. There’s honestly nothing better than sitting poolside sipping on a fruity drink.
Last summer I lived on my favorite long island iced tea recipe, but this year I’m trying something new – a Watermelon Mojito! This drink is the perfect blend of sweet, ripe watermelon and fresh mint (and of course, the bite of some light rum!). Believe me when I say you’ll be making these watermelon mojitos by the pitcherful this summer!
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Mojitos have been one of my go-to drinks since I could legally order a drink at a bar. Yes, I know it’s one of those drinks that bartenders HATE to make, but man do they taste delicious. Mojitos aren’t hard to make per se, but in a busy bar, a bartender is going to prefer pouring a simple rum and coke over having to muddle up some mint and simple syrup for a mojito.
Well, lucky for me, I’m NOT a bartender and I’ve got the few extra seconds to muddle that mint for the perfect mojito. The only thing that could make a mojito an even more perfect summer cocktail is if you add in some fresh, sweet watermelon! This watermelon mojito recipe is for SURE going to be my go-to cocktail this summer.
Fresh Watermelon – my kid’s favorite fruit is hands down always watermelon. So, if it’s summer there’s almost always a watermelon sliced up in our fridge. I can’t let it go to waste, so before it goes bad I’ll mix up a batch of these yummy watermelon mojitos! I highly suggest always keeping some watermelon on hand… you won’t regret it!
Base liquids – to make this delicious watermelon mint mojito you’ll need some light rum and club soda.
Mint – any good mojito needs a healthy serving of mint. It’s what gives mojitos that fresh, distinctly delicious flavor! For this watermelon mojito recipe, you’ll be using some mint leaves to make a simple syrup and mint leaves for muddling and garnish!
How to Make a Watermelon Mojito
This isn’t a dump-and-stir cocktail recipe. It does take a little bit of mixology, but nothing that a newbie can’t handle! Just a quick batch of simple syrup and a little muddling and you’re on your way to sipping a delicious watermelon mojito! Here’s how to do it:
For the Mint Simple Syrup
- Grab a small saucepan and combine the sugar and water. Cook it up until the sugar is melted and the syrup is clear (stirring frequently). Turn off the heat and add the mint leaves to the syrup. Cover the pot and let your simple syrup steep to really infuse that minty flavor.
For Watermelon Mojito
- While the mint syrup is steeping, cut up watermelon into cubes and place it into a blender or food processor. Keep blending until the watermelon is smooth.
- Next, grab your simple syrup and strain the mint leaves from it. Go ahead and throw those leaves out, you’ll want fresh ones to muddle in your glass!
- Now it’s muddling time! Put a few mint leaves, a slice of lime, and 2 teaspoons of simple syrup into a tall glass (AKA Colling glass). Muddle them up together. It’s important that you muddle (or bruise) the mint leaves instead of tearing them because mint tends to give off a bitter flavor when torn rather than the sweet flavor you get from crushing it!
- Add ice to glasses and 2 ounces of rum and give it all a good stir.
- Next. strain the watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve and add the watermelon juice to the glasses. Fill the glasses to about 3/4 full and then top with club soda.
- Add a few more mint leaves and lime slices to the glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and enjoy!
If you’re serving a crowd, you can muddle the mint, limes, and syrup in a pitcher before adding the rest of the ingredients.
What alcohol is best for mojitos?
For a perfectly refreshing mojito, you’ll want to use a light (aka white or silver) rum as the alcohol base. People will sometimes substitute vodka for light rum, however, my personal preference is to stick with the original! That’s why whenever I’m making a watermelon mint mojito, I grab my favorite light rum.
Craving more fruity cocktails? Try out some of these other Real Housemoms recipes!
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- Moscato Pink Lemonade Punch
- Orange Strawberry Rose Sangria
- Raspberry White Claw Cocktail
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Tools used to make Watermelon Mojitos
Blender: I’ve had this blender for years and I love it for everything from making homemade soups to smoothies too, and of course watermelon mint mojitos!
Cocktail Muddler: you don’t need to be a fancy bartender to have a muddling tool! This one really helps to mash up the mint for your watermelon mojito!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup mint leaves packed
- 8 ounces white rum
- 2 cups seedless watermelon cubed
- 2 limes sliced
- 1 bunch mint leaves
- 8 ounces club soda
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Cook until the sugar is melted and the syrup is clear. Turn off the heat and add the mint leaves to the syrup.
- Cover the pot and let the leaves steep for 10 minutes. Then, strain the mint from the simple syrup and discard the leaves.
- While the mint syrup is steeping, cut up watermelon into cubes and place in blender. Process the watermelon until it's smooth, about 30 secs. Strain the watermelon juice through a sieve to remove any pulp or seeds.
- To a collins glass add 4-6 mint leaves, 1 slice of lime, and about 2 teaspoons of mint simple syrup and muddle. (Bruising the mint makes the mint leaves sweet. If you tear the mint leaves, they will taste bitter.)
- Add ice to the glass, pour in 2 ounces of rum, and stir.
- Pour 1/4 of the watermelon juice into the glass, filling it about 3/4 full. Then top with 2 ounces of club soda. (At this point, you can add more simple syrup if you like.)
- Add a few more mint leaves and lime slices to the glass. Then garnish with a watermelon slice and enjoy!