Monday, July 14, 2008

Frozen Watermelon Mojitos

Because I am Cuban I felt it was only fitting that my first recipe on this blog be for a refreshing and summery mojito.
Sorry for not having a picture, but we made these at a friend's house and didn't have the camera with us.

If you have never had a mojito, then I highly suggest you give it a try. It is such a light, refreshing cocktail with a world of possibilities when it comes to changing it up. And, if you aren't into the alcohol or are on a nine month hiatus from it, you can just leave it out!

Frozen Watermelon Mojitos
serves 2-4

2 cups frozen seedless watermelon
juice of 2 limes
10-15 mint leaves (depending on size)
1/2 cup light rum
4 Tbsp simple syrup or to taste (see recipe below)
1 1/2 - 2 cups ice

1. Cut a small seedless watermelon into chunks and place in the freezer. Allow a couple hours to freeze or at least get really frosty.
2. Simple syrup: In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir to combine and dissolve. Remove from heat and place in a bottle or other container and refrigerate until cooled. Can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
3. In a blender combine all 6 ingredients until well blended and slushy. Should have the consistency of a daiquiri. Garnish with a wedge of watermelon, lime or mint sprig.

As a personal preference, I think that salt makes the flavor of the watermelon come out so I throw a pinch on the drinks.

The traditional mojito has club soda in it, so if you prefer a non-frozen mojito follow the above recipe, including the frozen watermelon, but leave out the ice. After blending pour into glasses filling only 3/4 full and then fill the rest with club soda.



Eric said...

Gracias! My mind has no problem filling in the image. May I recommend chewing mojitos? Keeps the grandkids out of my gum.

Anonymous said...

These sound fantastic; can you make them with other fruit as well, or does watermelon work best?

Susan said...

You can use any fruit that you enjoy. You can even further infuse flavor into the mojito by flavoring the simple syrup. Just add orange, lemon, lime or other flavored peels to the simple syrup as it boils and then remove before adding to the drinks.

Jenn said...

They sound so yummy! Come on over when you have a minute,I have something for you!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

ohhhh yummy! Oh should I say, el yummo :) Are you impressed with my spanish skills? :)

Jennifer said...

I LOVE mojitos and watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. Good thing I have some in my fridge. I'll try it tonight! Thanks!

tricki_nicki said...

Man, if I weren't Mormon...

Wendi said...

Sounds delish!
Thanks for sharing!