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Watermelon Mojitos

Watermelon Mojitos are summer in a drink.

Well, yum. That’s kind of all we need to say about Watermelon Mojitos, which are summer in a drink. 

But if you need to hear more…there are tons of Watermelon Mojitos out there. Most are made of watermelon juice, with the actual fruit strained out. Yes, they are delicious and refreshing. But I wanted it all: to feel like I was munching cubes of super-cold watermelon while I also was sipping a minty cocktail. Kind of the way I like to crunch the horseradish and pepper in a spicy Bloody Mary. So here we are, with a Watermelon Mojito that is a little bit slushy, a little bit boozy, and a lot refreshing. The perfect drink of summer.

Watermelon Mojitos

½ cup sugar
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
8 cups watermelon, seeds and rind removed, cut into cubes
Leaves from 4 fresh mint sprigs, plus extra mint for garnish
1 cup white rum (or more)
1 cup Topo Chico (or your favorite sparkling water)

Stir the sugar and lime juice together until the sugar dissolves. Put the watermelon into a blender and puree. Add the mint and pulse, so that it is coarsely chopped but not pureed - you want to be able to see pieces of mint. Pour the watermelon puree into a pitcher, and stir in the sugar-lime juice, rum, and sparkling water. Fill six glasses with ice, and pour the mojitos into the glasses. Garnish with mint leaves.

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