One of the things I love most about living in Southern California is that I get to have a garden nearly year round. I spent the better part of last weekend planting our fall crops and tending to raised beds, cleaning them out, adding compost and checking out all the worms, beetles, spiders, snails and lizards with my biggest little lady. For me it was bliss. Even though I get dirt under my nails, I smell like chicken poop (Momma, what stinks out here? Uh, yeah, that's not me, it's the chicken poop. Ewwwe, that's gross!) I get giddy when I walk out in the morning and see tiny pea shoots or asparagus heads popping out of the ground like itty bitty miracles.
But we are still harvesting the last of my favorite hot weather fruit, watermelon, no contest! So, we've eaten a lot of watermelon, made watermelon popsicles, watermelon smoothies, watermelon salad, watermelon aqua fresca, and yes, Hubby and I have indulged in a watermelon cocktail or two. And since we will soon be into apple cider season, I couldn't let this Labor Day weekend pass without sharing this yummy recipe inspired by what's already growing in our backyard.
I have two types of mint growing in my garden. I use it in everything from fruit salad to coffee to ice cream to cocktails, of course. And one of the varieties I have is actually called "mojito mint"...umm, you don't have to twist my arm.
MMM, I love the smell of lime leaves. Actually, one of my very favorite scents ever is the combination of coconut and lime. Just makes me think of vacation, drink in hand.
So, that's it!
Your watermelon mojito recipe goes something like this:
Watermelon, about 5 cups cubed
Mint, about 10 leaves
Malibu Coconut Rum, 4oz
Soda Water, to top off
*makes two tall drinks with enough to top off
Technically, a mojito includes sugar, but I love the taste of coconut rum and find that it makes it sweet enough. If I don't have to add sugar to something I don't, but that's just me and this recipe is only a suggestion.
If you are hosting a party or you wanna get all schmancy, you can make these per glass, muddling and all, but I enjoy throwing everything into my Vitamix.
First, I remove most of the seeds from the cubed watermelon and throw it in with the juice from 1.5 limes.
Give that a good mix, then add the rum and mint.
Let it go until the mint leaves are torn.
Squeeze a lime wedge into a glass filled with ice and drop it in.
Fill glass 3/4 of the way with yummy mix and top with soda water and a straw.