The mojito. A classic summer cocktail that’s a great use for all the freaking mint growing in my garden right now. Seriously. How can so much mint grow from one plant? Anyway, the mojito is also the perfect drink to play around with. Add a little fruit (like I did for this watermelon mojito), another kind of mint, or maybe a liqueur and the drink changes. But it’s still super refreshing in the heat.
Overall, I kept this watermelon mojito recipe pretty simple. Rum, mint, lime and soda water are all present. I skipped the sugar and instead used a little bit of Velvet Falernum to sweeten the drink. Simple syrup could be used in place of the Velvet Falernum if you don’t have any/don’t want to buy any – but I do recommend you pick up a bottle. It’s a fun liqueur made with lime juice, sugar, almond and clove essence that works in many tiki-like cocktails.
- 5 watermelon chunks
- 8 to 10 mint leaves
- 1-1/2 ounces white rum
- ¼ ounce Velvet Falernum
- ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- Soda water
- Watermelon spear and sprig of mint for garnish
- Place the watermelon in a cocktail shaker and muddle.
- Add the mint leaves, rum, Velvet Falernum and lime juice and fill shaker with ice.
- Shake and double strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top with soda water and garnish with a spear of watermelon and a sprig of fresh mint.
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