Watermelon Mojito

to celebrate the first day of summer

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It’s the longest day of the year, so mix up a watermelon mojito and celebrate the first day of summer!

 

 

Does anything scream summer more than a juicy, ripe watermelon?  If there is, I can’t think of one.  There are so many ways to enjoy it too.

  • Salads with arugula, EVOO and feta cheese;
  • Cubed up and mixed with fresh summer blueberries, blackberries and strawberries;
  • Simply sliced and garnished with chili-lime salt.

Whichever way you choose, they’re all quintessentially SUMMER.

In celebration of summer today, I’m making watermelon mojitos.  They are super refreshing and perfect for this 90 degree, sunny day in Colorado.  It’s a really simple and easy way to hand craft a special cocktail for your friends and neighbors this evening.

 

 

Stoneyard Distillery’s silver rum is featured in this watermelon mojito.  They are a super cool craft distillery right here in Eagle County Colorado.  Max Vogelman hand crafts all of his ‘Sugar Spirits” with attention to every detail from local colorado beet sugar.  The care really shines through and his lineup is stellar.  Check them out, you won’t be sorry.

 

 

However you choose to ring in the longest day of the year, make sure it involves at least a few minutes of reflection and appreciation for this season.  Summer represents such a bounty and it’s warm days are all too fleeting in most areas of the world.  Drink it in… Both the sunshine and this watermelon mojito.

 

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Watermelon Mojito

Mix up a batch of these watermelon mojitos, perfect for a backyard gathering to celebrate the dog days of summer.

Course cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American, cocktail, cuban
Keyword cocktail, drink, rum, summer, watermelon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cocktails
Calories 155 kcal
Author KellyLiken

Ingredients

  • 4 C Watermelon cubed
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 1/4 C Mint Leaves
  • 6 oz Light Rum

Instructions

  1. Combine the watermelon and lime juice in the blender and blend on high speed to liquefy.  Strain the juice through a fine mesh seive (optional).

  2. In each of 4 tall glasses, split up the mint and pour in 1.5 oz of rum.  Muddle the rum and mint together with a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon.  You just want to lightly crush the mint to release the flavor into the rum.

  3. Fill the glasses with ice and pour the watermelon juice over.  Give each cocktail a good stir, garnish with a slice of watermelon and some more mint and you're ready to go!

Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Mojito
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 27.8%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kelly Liken, one of Colorado’s most promising and influential young chefs, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother was an outstanding cook, constantly exploring new recipes and seeking out fresh products at the local farmers market, which led Kelly to develop her love for cooking in high school. Read More