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
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.