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The watermelon mojito recipe is perfect for summer! This fruity spin on the classic makes the most of the juicy flavor of this melon.

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Need a fantastic summer cocktail? Look no further than this Watermelon Mojito recipe! The minty Mojito is ideal for the season, with its bubbly, refreshing flavor. In fact, it’s one of the greatest cocktails of all time, in our opinion! Add juicy watermelon to the mix and the delicately sweet flavor is simply outstanding. The first time we sipped on this one, we fell in love! Here’s how to make it.

What’s in a watermelon mojito?

The watermelon mojito is a spin on the Classic Mojito, a classic cocktail invented in Havana, Cuba. The modern version of this drink gained steam in the 1930’s, when writer Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it in America.

The watermelon spin on the classic just adds this summery melon to the mix! The ingredients in this drink are defined by the International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails:

How to Cut a Watermelon

Muddle the mint, then the watermelon

This watermelon mojito recipe is so simple: you’ll just muddle in the mint and fresh watermelon! No need for simmering simple syrups on the stove. Muddling is gently mashing herbs or fruits to release their juices, which helps their flavors to incorporate into the drink. Here’s what to know about muddling:

  • Use a cocktail muddler. It’s the right tool for the job! Here’s the cocktail muddler we use. Don’t have one? Use an unfinished wooden spoon.
  • Gently mash the mint first. This gets out all the oils from the fresh herb.
  • Then mash the watermelon until it becomes juice. You’ll want it mostly juicy, but it doesn’t have to be perfect: you’ll strain out all the chunks.

Simply shake with ice, then strain. Voila: a watermelon mojito!

How to garnish a watermelon mojito

To take this drink over the top, it’s all about garnishes! We’ve got a few best practices when it comes to making a stellar drink. Here’s what to think about when garnishing a watermelon mojito:

  • Use clear ice. Clear ice is crystal clear ice cubes you can cut into organic shapes. They make a drink look like it’s from a fancy bar! You can make it at home or use a special clear ice maker.
  • Make mini watermelon wedges. Watermelon drinks are infinitely cuter with mini melon wedges! Simply slice your melon into tiny triangles and add.
  • Add fresh mint. Fresh mint sprigs always class up a drink, so make sure to save some for garnish.
Watermelon mojito

Make a watermelon mojito pitcher (for 8!)

Want to make 8 watermelon mojitos at once? Try our Mojito Pitcher! You can add watermelon to the standard pitcher to make give it a fruity flavor. Keep in mind that it will make 2 additional cups of liquid, so you’ll need a large pitcher. Here’s what to do:

  • Half and mash 4 cups watermelon cubes. Or, blend up 2 cups of watermelon juice.
  • Make the Mojito Pitcher, adding the watermelon juice to the pitcher with the mint syrup.
  • Add additional watermelon wedges to the pitcher as a garnish.

More watermelon cocktails

When summer hits, we’re all about watermelon drinks! Here are our top watermelon cocktails to make with the rest of your melon:

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Watermelon mojito

Watermelon Mojito


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Description

The watermelon mojito recipe is perfect for summer! This fruity spin on the classic makes the most of the juicy flavor of this melon.


Ingredients

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  • 6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped watermelon, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces* white rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves. Add the watermelon cubes and muddle again until they are turned into juice.
  2. Add the rum, lime juice and simple syrup and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Add ice to a glass, and strain in the drink. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves and watermelon wedges.
  4. Pitcher variation (8 servings): Muddle 4 cups watermelon into a juice (or use 2 cups watermelon juice). Add to this Mojito Pitcher recipe, and garnish with additional watermelon slices.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!