This fruity-fresh Watermelon Blueberry Mojito is the perfect “sundowner” and has a major advantage over the classic mojito: You don’t need to add any sugar as this cocktail is naturally sweet! Bottoms up!
Oh sweet watermelons!!
Nothing says summer-sunshine-picnic-on-the-beach more than a juicy slice of watermelon, am I right?
Since the beach is a good 2 hour drive from where we live (trust me, I am NOT complaining! It’s close enough for a day trip so I know we’re still better off than… umm… anybody living 2h+ away from the beach!!) I decided we might as well turn that slice of watermelon into a cocktail, sit on the front porch, watch the sun set and wind down with an icy cold fruity beverage in hand. Swatting mosquitoes with the other. Aw, the South! You gotta love it.
Mojito is my favorite mix drink as I always feel like it’s the “cleanest” of ’em all. Minus the sugar, of course. I remember the first time I made mojitos at home – glorious! I must have been about 19 — but before I continue my trip down memory lane, let me remind you that it’s perfectly legal in Germany to have alcohol at that age! In fact, you can drink beer and wine as soon as you turn 14 if you’re accompanied by a parent. Crazy, huh? Well, making and drinking alcohol (in moderation) is a huge part of our culture and I miss it!
Back to my first homemade mojito: it was like a revelation! I suddenly understood that it doesn’t take a fully stocked bar in a crowded club to have a mix drink. In fact, I realized it was even cheaper to make cocktails at home! Ok, I don’t want to make it sound like a milestone but it was a pretty big deal for us back then!
If you like mojitos and enjoy fruity drinks, I’m gonna go ahead and say: you’ll love this version of a classic! Just make sure your watermelon is not past its prime. If the flesh is dark red and falls apart easily, you may want to wait until you have a watermelon that is not overly ripe as those tend to taste almost a tad bit fermented (not in a good way). A fresh watermelon will make your mojito more flavorful and enjoyable. Cheers!
- 1 cup ice
- 1⅓ cup watermelon juice (see notes)
- 2oz / 4 tablespoon white rum
- 1 sprig mint (10-12 leaves)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice, fresh squeezed
- ⅓ cup blueberries
- Sparkling water
- Add ice, watermelon juice, rum, half of the mint and lime juice to a cocktail shaker (or canning jar with lid) and shake well.
- Transfer to a tall glass and top off with sparkling water.
- Garnish with remaining mint, add blueberries and enjoy!
Slice and cube watermelon and add to a blender. Process until smooth, then pour through a sieve, cheesecloth or nut bag. Straining is optional but recommended!