Looking for a fresh summer cocktail? Try this watermelon coconut mojito, with fresh watermelon and coconut rum.
I've been wanting to share this recipe all summer. It's my new favorite summer drink! It's very easy to make and so refreshing.
It's a twist on the Cuban classic, the mojito. The mojito combines mint, lime, and rum. All of those flavors happen to go very well with watermelon and coconut.
In fact, this cocktail is even easier than a traditional mojito, because you don't need to make a simple syrup (a mixture of equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar melts). The coconut rum and the watermelon are sweet enough that no extra sugar is needed.
The recipe starts out the same way, muddling together lime juice and mint leaves. You don't need a special muddling gadget to do this; the butt end of a wooden spoon works perfectly well. I happen to have a mini rolling pin for fondant, so I used that.
To puree the watermelon, I placed the cubes into a tall plastic food storage container and used my immersion blender. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender or even a food processor instead.
This cocktail does contain more rum than a traditional mojito would, because in the first batch I made, I couldn't taste any coconut using only one shot of coconut rum, so I doubled the rum.
Despite the double shot of rum, these don't have a strong taste of alcohol. In fact, it goes down quite easy, so be careful and pace yourself!
This cocktail is also quite easy to make in a large batch for a party. Puree a large batch of watermelon, combine with the rum, then portion into glasses with muddled mint as needed and enjoy!
- 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 cups cubed watermelon (about 12 oz)
- 6 oz coconut rum
- 8 oz lemon-lime soda
- Place 1 tablespoon of mint leaves in each of two tall glasses.
- Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into one glass, and the 2nd lime into the second glass.
- Use the end of a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves and lime juice in each glass. Fill each glass with ice.
- In a tall container, use an immersion blender to puree the watermelon.
- Add the watermelon puree and coconut rum to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds, then strain into the glasses.
- Top off each glass with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lime slices and serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 42gSugar: 37gProtein: 1g
I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.