Treat yourself to a the BEST Watermelon Mojito! This wonderful watermelon cocktail tastes just like the fresh fruit it's made with. One sip, and you are going to fall in love with this vibrant, refreshing, and easy to make summer drink!
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I don't know about you, but I LOVE watermelon ... there's nothing better than a juicy slice on a hot summer day.
There's just one problem with this wonderful fruit. Watermelons are huge! Sometimes eating the whole thing is a challenge, especially for a small household like mine. So when I commit to buying one, I have to have a game plan!
There are many ways to use a watermelon, but it's hard to beat this juicy Watermelon Mojito! It has all the flavor of the classic cocktail with a sweet, fruity twist.
This gorgeous drink is the ultimate summer cocktail. Best of all, this fresh watermelon cocktail couldn't be easier to make (you only need a few minutes), and the payoff is super delish!
This fresh Watermelon Mojito recipe takes basic ingredients, and turns them into something special. Here's what you'll need:
- Fresh Watermelon
- Fresh Lime
- Club Soda
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- White Rum
Make sure to use high quality ingredients here. Avoid bottled lime juice, and choose the sweetest watermelon you can find. You'll really notice a difference in the finished drink.
If you already have it on hand, you can substitute homemade watermelon juice for the fresh fruit. I'd use ½ cup juice and add it along with the rum.
You'll Also Need
Before getting started, you'll want to gather a muddler, jigger, and bar spoon. If you don’t have any of these items, I’d recommend purchasing a cocktail making kit, which should have everything you need for this drink (and any future cocktails). You’ll also need a Collins glass (or large highball), plus plenty of ice, to serve the finished drink.
How to Pick a Watermelon
Choosing a watermelon can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be. Here are three simple tips to help you choose the best one:
- Pick it up. It should feel heavy for its size.
- Look for a yellow spot. This is where the watermelon rested on the ground, and a creamy, yellow spot (versus a pale, white one) indicates that it was allowed to fully ripen before picking.
- Give it a thump. The surface should be firm, and a juicy watermelon should have a deep hollow sound.
Need more help? Check out my step-by-step guide, How to Cut a Watermelon, for tons of tips!
What rum is best for a Mojito?
Bacardí Carta Blanca (Superior) is a classic choice for a mojito. It’s very easy to find, and it's affordable. Any white rum will work though, so feel free to substitute your favorite rum. You should avoid dark, spiced, and flavored rums for this drink.
How to Make a Watermelon Mojito
This drink is simple and quick to prepare! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's an overview of the steps:
- Prep the lime. Start by cutting your lime into eight wedges. Squeeze four lime wedges into a Collins glass (or large highball), then drop the wedges into the glass. You'll only use four wedges for this cocktail. Save the rest for round two, or use them to make a drink for a friend.
- Add sugar, club soda, and watermelon. To the lime, add three level bar spoons of sugar, one ounce club soda, and ½ cup diced watermelon.
- Muddle the ingredients. Using your muddler, press and twist the ingredients together a few times. Watermelon breaks apart easily, and you’re simply trying to extract more juice and combine everything a bit, so don't go overboard. There should still be small pieces of fruit when you’re done (see pics below).
- Prep the mint. Most mojito recipes call for muddling the mint, but I have a cool hack that I learned in a mixology class at Casa Bacardí in Puerto Rico. Simply stack the leaves in your hand, then firmly smack the leaves with your other hand about five to six times … or until they’re fragrant. This brings out the mint's flavor without pulverizing the leaves or making the drink bitter (plus, no tiny pieces to stick in your teeth!).
- Add rum, ice, and more club soda. Rub the mint leaves over the rim of your glass, then drop them into the drink. Next, add two ounces of rum, then fill the glass with ice, and top off the drink with club soda.
- Mix everything together. Using your bar spoon, mix the drink vigorously to combine all the ingredients.
And that’s really all there is to it ... your Watermelon Mojito is ready to sip! Wasn't that simple?
With a drink this beautiful, you don't really need a garnish, but it makes the finished cocktail even more special.
To create this pretty garnish, add a thin slice of lime and a sprig of mint to your glass. A mini watermelon wedge is the perfect finishing touch ... cut a small slit on one end so it fits on the rim.
Tip: want to make this drink extra special? Serve it in a Watermelon Punch Bowl. This would be such a fun party idea!
Now that you know mastered this refreshing watermelon rum drink, check out these other delicious mojitos:
- Classic Mojito
- Strawberry Mojito
- Blueberry Mojito
- Pineapple Mojito
- Mango Mojito
- Dark Rum Mojito
- Pomegranate Mojito
- Virgin Mojito Mocktail
- 1 medium lime, cut into 8 wedges
- granulated sugar
- club soda
- ½ cup diced watermelon (small pieces work best)
- 12 mint leaves
- 2 ounces BACARDÍ Superior White Rum (or other white rum)
- Squeeze 4 lime wedges into a Collins glass (or large highball), then drop into glass. Add 3 level bar spoons sugar, 1 ounce club soda, and watermelon.
- Use muddler to press and twist the ingredients together a few times. (Do not pulverize ingredients ... there should still be some small chunks.)
- Stack mint leaves in the palm of your hand. Smack leaves with your other hand, 5 to 6 times, or until fragrant.
- Rub mint over glass rim, then drop into drink.
- Add rum to drink, then fill glass with ice. Top off drink with club soda.
- Mix drink well, using bar spoon.
- Serve immediately, garnished with a sprig of mint, lime slice, and watermelon wedge, if desired. Enjoy!