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Nothing completes a summer gathering like a watermelon. It can be a simple watermelon treat or a delicious drink recipe like my frozen mango watermelon lemonade. This year I decided to make a delicious adult beverage with the locally-grown melon for the Georgia's Best Summertime Drink contest! A Red, White, and Blue Mojito to enjoy during the 4th of July (or any patriotic) celebrations.
Loaded with flavor, this drink recipe is very easy to make, and one watermelon goes a long way.
I started by cutting my watermelon in half and dicing it into cubes.
Then I used my blender to puree the melon. This recipe can be made one of two way, the first option is to use the puree as is with the fruit added into to mix, or you can wait a little while and let the fruit float to the top and use the watermelon juice that is left over. You can see the difference in both textures. They both taste great, but some people prefer a smooth drink. You can see the smooth version pictured at the top of this post.
To make it Red, White, and Blue we are going to use coconut rum and blueberries along with our watermelon. It can't be a great mojit without some mint leaves too. I learned a few years ago from an expert mixologist that when you make mojitos or any drink that includes a plant, you don't want to muddle the leave. Instead, you should take a stem with all the leaves still attached and slap it across your hand. Smell the leaves before and then again after and you do this and you will see what I mean. When you muddle the leave you break and damage them, when you slap them it releases the aromas more. It's a trick that has changed the way I mix now! I also decided not to crush the blueberries because you lose the pretty color effect they add to the drink. They will plump and pop on their own when you shake and pour. In your shaker combine the ice, blueberries, and 1 ounce of coconut rum. Pour in your watermelon and shake!Garnish with a slice of watermelon for guests to enjoy while they sip their mojito. For some added white, I put sugar and some shredded coconut on the rip of the glass.
- Watermelon, blended
- 1 ounce coconut rum
- 5-6 blueberries
- 5-6 mint leaves
- sugar (optional)
- shredded coconut (optional)
- Cut watermelon into cubes.
- Blend until smooth.
- Optional step: Let the watermelon juice settle for a smoother drink.
- Slap stem of mint leaves into the palm of your hand 2-3 times.
- Over ice, add coconut rum, blueberries, and mint to a shaker or glass. Pour watermelon juice over ice and shake for a minute.
- Optional step: dip the edge of the glass into a small amount of water and then a plate with sugar and shredded coconut on it.
- Pour mixture into glass.
- Garnish with a watermelon slice.