Watermelon Mojitos, courtesy of Ina Garten

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. 🙂

IMG_7418Look at the color of that seedless watermelon

IMG_7421These 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.

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IMG_7439An aerial view of the watermelon mojitos garnished with lime slices, blueberries and watermelon balls.  Now for Ina’s recipe.

Watermelon mojitos

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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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.

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IMG_7442Cheers to you all.  Happy Summer!

36 comments

  1. This mojito is so pretty and refreshing. Those glasses are just beautiful and I can see drinks or desserts served i them as you do. I grow mint on the side of my house and caught my neighbor watering it yesterday. She said she wanted to make sure that it did well. We do enjoy our mojitos together in the summer.

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    1. Ahh a brilliant idea that your neighbor is making sure that your mint will be ready for mojitos. 🙂 Nothing like a refreshing glass of freshly minted mojito eh? Make that a double waiter 🙂

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, amazing how watermelon juice is just getting so popular not only in boozy drinks, but also as a juice. I remember visiting India at least 12 years ago, and watermelon and passion fruit drinks were popular then.

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    1. Thanks Sonal. I was just saying how watermelon boozy drinks and just plain watermelon juice is becoming so popular here in the US. I had visited India about 12 years ago, and I remember drinking both watermelon juice and passion fruit juice to my hearts content. I hope you are enjoying your stay with your family.

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  2. Fresh, sweet watermelon is one of my favorite things about summer…and now you’re telling me I can drink it? In a mojito? Count me in, Loretta! These sippers look positively refreshing. 😛

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Love the regular mojitos anyway, and with this color it was a winner in my books, made for a great presentation. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sandhya. I was just saying how boozy watermelon is now becoming so popular in drinks and just as a juice too. When I last visited India about 12 years ago, watermelon juice was so popular then, as was passion fruit juice, both real thirst quenchers.

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  3. Loretta, I cannot wait to make these!! If we weren’t having a killer storm I think I’d be running (well driving anyway) to the store for watermelon and limes!

    These are killer!! And as Ina would say, “What’s not to like?” or maybe “How easy is that?” lol! I’m glad you have your papa’s glasses and they do look gorgeous here. 🙂

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    1. Aww, thanks so much FrugalHausfrau. Yes, indeed Ina has some of her favorite expressions doesn’t she? Papa’s glasses will always be treasured, I was so glad they made it across the pond without a break as my Mom lives in England.

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  4. Wow, does this sound delicious, Loretta! It is so pretty, too. How wonderful that you were able to bring home your dad’s glasses to remember him by. They are such a great shape, perfect for so many different things.

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