As I said in my last post, I’ve had a recent obsession with Tequila. Add that to my obsession with mint, watermelon, and fancy mixed drinks and you get this refreshing Watermelon-Mint Cocktail! What’s not to love about this drink? It’s sweet, fruity, and unbelievably refreshing. Plus, I absolutely love the intense, vibrant hot pink color of the watermelon juice. So pretty.
I infused this cocktail with mint, but I’ve also tried rosemary in this recipe before and it tasted pretty damn awesome as well. I got my mint from my indoor herb garden, and since I didn’t want to completely demolish my mint plant, I opted to make the mint stretch a little farther by creating a mint simple syrup instead of muddling the mint as you would ordinarily do when making a mojito. This recipe will give you a little more simple syrup than you need, so pour the unused simple syrup in a cruet or flask, stick it in the fridge and break it out next time you want to make a mojito or another beverage!
I’ve tried to make this drink with a variety of other kinds of fruits with limited success. Most fruits simply do not have enough juice to carry a whole drink. I tried it with Kiwis once, mashed up like a dozen of them, and only had enough for one or two drinks. However, the sweet, juiciness of the watermelon made this drink a breeze. Lacking a properly functioning juicer, I opted to juice my watermelon the old-fashioned way, with a muddler and a bowl (you know, the way our forefathers made cocktails). I got my muddler at Bed Bath and Beyond a while ago. You can probably also find them at some grocery stores and anywhere that sells kitchen gadgets. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon, a juicer, or anything else that will squish the sweet, bright pink, life out of those yummy melons.
I used about half to three-quarters of a small, round watermelon to make this recipe. Sorry, but I don’t remember the weight. But it should yield about 2-3 cups of juice.
Next, I must warn you, I like my drinks skrong (yes…. skrong with a “k”. That’s how strong I like them). If you’re more of a lightweight, or you’re making a batch for a group of people who can’t handle all this hot tequila action, you can always reduce the tequila in this drink to a more modest level. You can always add more tequila to taste.
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Refreshing Watermelon Mint Cocktail
Makes: 4-6 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20-30 minutes
1/2 cup Water;
1/2 cup Sugar;
5 or 6 sprigs Mint (plus a couple more for garnish);
1/2 to 1 small watermelon (yields about 2-3 cups juice);
1/4 cup Lime Juice;
1 1/2 cup Silver Tequila;
A few splashes of Club Soda.
Prepare Mint Simple Syrup: Over medium-high heat, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add sugar and stir until sugar is disolved. Remove from heat. Add mint sprigs, stir, and let mint sprigs steep in water for 10-15 minutes.
While mint is steeping and the simple syrup is cooling, cut up watermelon into roughly 1-inch chunks. Set aside a few chunks for garnish and place the rest of the watermelon chunks in a large bowl. Mash up watermelon chunks using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon until it’s extremely juicy. Pour muddled watermelon into a fine mesh sieve placed over a second bowl to separate pulp and seeds from the juice. Using the muddler, press watermelon pulp lightly against the bottom and sides of the sieve to extract as much juice as possible. Discard pulp. You should get about 2 to 3 cups watermelon juice.
Add lime juice, tequila, and 1/2 cup mint simple syrup to watermelon juice and stir until combined. Pour mixture into glasses over ice, top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a couple of watermelon chunks and a mint sprig. Enjoy!