We can just about bet that these long summer days and warm nights have you craving some fresh adult drinks. If we're right than this recipe is for you! We've combined one of our favorite staple drinks with fresh produce of the season and a Caribbean twist. Thirsty? Read on!
As you'll see, this recipe features fresh watermelon juice and takes some preparation and time. And we know that drink mixers can be enticing for just this reason. But we're asking you to drop that drink mixer! Widely available in every different combination, mixers may seem like a no-brainer. Though many drink mixers on the market today have high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings, preservatives, and artificial dyes. And calorically speaking these mixers can add up pretty quickly because of all the added sugar. Even adult beverages can have nutritional benefit, instead of sugary excess, when prepared with fresh pressed juice and whole food ingredients. Because summer drinks should be fresh, refreshing, and packed with the flavors (and nutrients!) of the season.
Watermelon Coconut Mojitos
PREP TIME: 30 mins (includes freezing time)
TOTAL TIME: 35 mins
12 oz fresh watermelon juice
8 oz coconut rum
Juice of 4 limes
20 large mint leaves
4 Tbsp simple syrup
12 oz sparkling water
1 cup 1" cubed watermelon, frozen
4 thin slices of lime for garnish
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup water
Cut watermelon into 1" x 1" cubes and place on wax paper in the freezer to chill for ~25 minutes. Using a juicer*, juice 1.5 cups (12 oz) watermelon juice. To make the simple syrup combine equal parts cane sugar and water in a small sauce pan on medium-high heat. Bring liquid to a gentle boil making sure to stir constantly then reduce to a simmer. Allow mixture to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until liquid becomes syrup-like and sticks to the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Using a mortar and pestle, muddle the mint leaves until fragrant then set aside.
Using a drink shaker, combine 3 oz watermelon juice, 2 oz coconut rum, juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp simple syrup, 1/4 of the mint leaves, and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously until fully chilled. Pour into a glass and top with 2-3 oz sparkling water and 1/4 cup cubed frozen watermelon. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Repeat process to make all four drinks.
*If you do not have a juicer you can blend the watermelon in a high speed blender and strain through a fine sieve to catch any pulp.
Ahhhhhh. One sip and you'll be transported to a lounge chair in the sand gazing at clear blue waters even if you're really sitting with your feet up in the living room. This drink is the perfect combination of mint and lime like a traditional mojito, with a unique sweetness from the fresh watermelon, and a warm, tropical finish from the coconut rum. Once you've tried this one we know it will be a favorite for the rest of your glorious summer.
Jess and Cecelia
Jess and Cecelia welcome you to our kitchen. We are fun-loving and passionate foodies working to make the world a healthier, happier place one plant based recipe at a time.