Who doesn’t love Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa? I’ve featured her here on SafarioftheMind a few times. Although I haven’t watched her cooking show on Food Network in quite some time, I have always enjoyed watching the different ways she entertains in her beautiful home in the Hamptons. A while back I featured her Limoncello drink, click here to access that post. Today I’m presenting another Ina Garten favorite, her watermelon mojitos. We’ve had some searing, hot temperatures the past couple of weeks, so this drink went down a treat! Enjoy the images and dream of watermelon mojitos.
These glasses I’ve used hold a special place in my heart. On one of my recent trips to visit family in England, my Mother asked if I had wanted to take these glasses back with me as a remembrance of my Dad. He did love collecting different cocktail glasses. I’ve used them on several occasions now, for sundaes, custards and drinks. These mojitos are not only thirst quenching, but they make a beautiful presentation when served.
30 large fresh mint leaves, coarsely torn by hand
3 to 4 thick slices fresh watermelon
12 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
½ cup simple syrup
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon, for serving
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 purée. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of puréed 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.