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These Watermelon Mojitos are a refreshing summer cocktail with a burst of delicious watermelon. Make a pitcher to serve at your next party!
When you’re looking for a variation on the classic mojito, look no further than these delicious watermelon mojitos. With the help of a melon baller, you can make these refreshing cocktails in less than 15 minutes.
You can make a pitcher sangria-style or serve in individual glasses. The watermelon balls add a welcome burst of color, contrasting beautifully with the mint!
- Watermelon: You can use straight watermelon or a mix of watermelon, cantaloupe and/or honeydew melon
- Fresh mint: A large bunch of fresh mint sprigs is ideal
- Fresh limes
- Granulated sugar
- White rum
- Sparkling water: San Pellegrino or Perrier works well
- Crushed ice: or ice cubes
How to Make Watermelon Mojitos
Watermelon: The first step is to make your watermelon balls. Use a 1-inch melon baller to scoop out balls from a half watermelon.
Lime: Roll the limes on a work surface using the palm of your hand to make them juicy. Then cut into chunks along with a few wedges for serving.
Mint: Take your mint leaves and add to a small bowl with the sugar. Use a mint muddler or wooden spoon to gently bruise the leaves to release their delicate flavors. Avoid crushing the mint, which will make it taste bitter!
Now you’re ready to mix. Fill your pitcher or glasses 1/3 full with fruit and lime chunks. Add the rum followed by the sparkling water until 2/3 full (to leave room for the ice). Stir several times to mix before adding the crushed ice until full.
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Watermelon Mojitos (with Video)
- 3 cups watermelon balls, seedless recommended (see note)
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, about 5 sprigs
- 2 limes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 10 oz white rum, about 1 cup
- 24 oz sparkling water, 1.5 liters
- 4 cups crushed ice, or ice cubes
- Slice the watermelon in half and use a 1-inch melon baller to scoop out the flesh into a bowl until you have approximately 4 cups. Set aside.
- Roll your limes on a work surface using the palm of your hand (this will make them juicier). Cut the first lime into chunks. Cut the second lime into half-moon wedges. Reserve.
- Add the lime chunks, mint leaves and sugar to a pitcher.
- Using a mint muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, gently muddle the mint for about 30 seconds to release its flavors. Take care not to crush the mint, which will make it bitter.
- Add the watermelon balls to the pitcher until 1/3 full. Add sparkling water until 3/4 full. Stir several times with a long wooden spoon. Then top with ice to fill.
- When ready to serve, pour the mojitos into highball glasses and spoon in the watermelon balls.
- Garnish with lime wedges and serve immediately.
- A 1/2 watermelon is sufficient. You can also substitute cantaloupe or honeydew melon or use a combination.
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