Watermelon Mojitos

Make a big pitcher of these while the watermelons are sweet this summer!

Recipe by Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa “How Easy is That?”

Ingredients:

30 large fresh mint leaves, coarsely torn by hand

3-4 thick slices of fresh watermelon

12 ounces of light rum

1/2 cup simple syrup (see note below)

Note: To make simple syrup, put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pan and simmer until sugar dissolves. Chill.

6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)

Mint sprigs and watermelon spears for garnish

Preparation:

Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves. Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Put the watermelon into a food processor fitted with steel blade and puree’. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of puree’d watermelon, the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice, and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a pitcher for serving. Place ice cubes in 6 glasses and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and watermelon spears. Serve ice cold. Makes 6 drinks.

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~ by drmelodie on June 7, 2011.

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