Watermelon Mojito with Fresh Mint

INGREDIENTS

  • 30 large fresh mint leaves, coarsely torn by hand
  • 3 to 4 thick slices fresh watermelon
  • 12 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (see below recipe)
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
  • Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon for serving

DIRECTIONS

Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves. Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Put the fruit into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of pureed 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 sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon. Serve ice cold

 

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