There is no cocktail more refreshing than a mojito and nothing more summery than watermelon. Let’s combine them together to make the ultimate summer drink: a watermelon mojito!
If you’ve never had a mojito before, they are just about as refreshing a drink as you can find. Mint, lime, rum and club soda come together to make this Cuban drink one of my favorites!
There are lots of variations you can make by adding in other fruit, so I just HAD to make a watermelon mojito. You could use this same recipe subbing cantaloupe, pineapple, or blackberries for equally delicious cocktails!
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When you order a watermlon mojito (or any other flavor) in a restaurant, there are two main ways they might add the other flavors: either by muddling fruit into the mojito, or by adding a flavored syrup.
The flavored syrups you buy in the stores tend to be super sweet and have an artificial fruit flavor (think watermelon flavored candy instead of actual watermelon) so I am not a fan, but when you make the syrup at home you get to keep that delicious natural taste! I also muddled in chunks of watermelon because why not?
Salted Watermelon Mojitos?
You’ll notice in the recipe below that I added an optional salted rim to the watermelon mojitos. Here in the south we love to salt fruit, especially melons, so naturally we had to give it a shot. If a salted rim is your cup of tea, go for it! It’s delicious either way.
For a look at other southern food traditions and where they came from be sure to check out Southern Food: Then & Now.
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- 10 mint leaves
- 6 1-inch cubes watermelon
- 4 lime wedges
- 2 oz watermelon simple syrup
- 3 oz white rum
- club soda
- kosher salt (for rim- optional)
For the watermelon simple syrup
- Bring water, sugar, and watermelon to a boil and remove from heat.
- Use a potato masher to mash watermelon. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
- Remove solids from syrup and store in an airtight container.
For the watermelon mojitos
- Optional- Run a lime wedge around the top of the glasses and dip glasses in kosher salt for salted rims.
- In two rocks glasses, divide mint leaves, watermelon, lime wedges, and 2 ounces of the simple syrup. Muddle together until mint is bruised and most of the juice has come out of the lime and watermelon.
- Add rum and ice. Top with club soda.