Fresh ingredients are the way to go to make the perfect summer cocktail – the Watermelon Mojito! This fruity twist on the classic Cuban mojito will make you feel like you’re lounging beneath the palms no matter where you are!
I’m apparently obsessed with mojitos.
For someone who swore to the heavens that she hated them with the fire of a thousand burning suns a year ago, that’s saying something. I think the first one I ever has was all mint, no lime, and that is a major problem for me.
Mint may be one of the main ingredients, but if I feel like I’m drinking boozy toothpaste, there’s a problem.
Thankfully, these don’t taste anything like toothpaste.
JUST TAKE ME TO THE FRESH SUMMER WATERMELON MOJITO WITH CHIA ALREADY!
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Talk about fun, festive summer cocktails, though.
Mojitos are super duper refreshing already, so when you combine them with freshly pureed watermelon?
It’s like pure, drinkable bliss in a glass. There’s truly no other description for these watermelon mojitos.
Spring may have just begun, but I’m already prepping for summer with one or two of these in my hand a week. Bring on the watermelon recipes!
What Ingredients Are In A Mojito?
Classic mojitos contain only 5 ingredients:
- Rum: Traditionally, white rum is favored here.
- Lime Juice: Fresh is best, and you can add as much or as little as you want!
- Sugar: Simple syrup can be used if you have it. If you prefer natural sweeteners, honey or agave are also options.
- Club Soda: Just a splash.
- Mint Leaves: Fresh here also, with extra for a pretty garnish.
This Watermelon Mojito has all of those ingredients, but kick in a good dose of pureed watermelon for extra summery flavor. It also has some gummy chia seeds in it, making for a fun texture with every sip.
Which Rum Is Best For Mojitos?
Your favorite brand of rum is fine, as long as it’s a white version. White rums are sweeter and more subtle in flavor, allowing the fruit to shine in this watermelon mojito.
Aged (amber) rums have a strong flavor and discolor the drinks they’re in.
Watermelon Mojito Variations
Watermelon mojitos are already a nice twist on the classic, but if you wanna truly mix it up, try:
- Frozen Watermelon Mojitos: Freeze the watermelon beforehand, and add some ice to the blender when you whizz it all up for a different experience.
- Watermelon Coconut Mojitos: Add a splash or two of coconut water to your cocktail for something even more summery.
- Spicy Watermelon Mojitos: Add some fresh jalapeno to the blender for a cocktail with a kick.
How To Make The Best Watermelon Mojito
First, rub a mint leaf on the top edge of two highball glasses. Place your desired amount of mint leaves in the palm of one of your hands, then clap once of twice. This helps gently release the oils in the mint that flavor the drink. Divide the leaves between the two glasses.
Next, combined chunks of watermelon, lime juice, and simple syrup (or sugar) in a blender. Pulse 30-60 seconds until the mixture is smooth, then divide it between the two glasses.
Then, use a cocktail spoon to stir in rum and some hydrated chia seeds. The chia seeds add a fun texture and are reminiscent of watermelon seeds.
Finally, fill the glasses with ice cubes (as many as you want), then top it off with sparkling water or club soda. Garnish the drink with a watermelon spear (for snacking later), a fresh sprig of mint, a slice of lime, and a fun, festive straw!
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- 1/4 watermelon seeded & chunked
- 3 limes juiced
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup or sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon hydrated chia seeds
- 2 cups ice
- 10-15 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 2 ounces rum
- Sparkling water
- Watermelon spears for garnish
- Sliced lime for garnish
- Add watermelon chunks, lime juice, and simple syrup to a food processor or blender and process until smooth, about 30-60 seconds.
- Rub a mint leaf on the rim of each glass. Place mint leaves in one hand and clap your hands together once or twice, slightly bruising the leaves. Divide them between the glasses.
- Divide watermelon mixture into glasses, then add the rum. Stir vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Taste and add additional simple syrup if desired. Stir in chia seeds.
- Add 1 cup of ice to each glass, then top off with a splash of sparkling water.
- Garnish with watermelon spears, lime slices, and mint sprigs before serving.
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This recipe was originally published on March 19, 2017. It was updated with a revised recipe, new photos, and additional content on April 4, 2019.