Friday, July 12, 2013

Watermelon Mojitos

This is the third summer in our new home, and one of our favorite places in the house is the deck. On summer evenings, while the sun sets on the opposite side of the house, we get a couple hours of perfect warmth and sometimes even a gentle breeze at the back. This, of course, makes it a lovely venue for summer cocktails. Recently, we have been enjoying this watermelon mojito, due in part to the fact that we always have watermelon on hand during the summer (as judged by my last two posts), and partly to my my father who, on his last visit, generously brought along a couple bottles of Trinidad rum.

This recipe calls for watermelon juice and frozen watermelon cubes. To make the juice, simply puree 2 cups of seedless watermelon, which should yield about 1 cup of puree. Then, the watermelon ice cubes can be made by simply freezing cubes of fresh watermelon overnight. You can certainly use these frozen watermelon ice cubes in flavored water or in lemonade. Enjoy and have a good weekend!

Watermelon Mojitos
Makes 2 cocktails

10 mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
6 ounces club soda
4 ounces watermelon juice (See notes above)
3 to 4 ounces white rum
Watermelon ice cubes (see notes above)

In a large tumbler, muddle the mint and sugar together. Pour in the club soda, watermelon juice and white rum. Mix well and divide between two glasses filled with the frozen watermelon cubes.