Adios strawberry muddle! No hard feelings, but I've found my new favorite summer drink! And it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time: the weather has been hot and humid the past few days, watermelons seem to be growing legs and just walking into my kitchen, and a few lightly stressing things (nothing bad!) have been happening lately that make me welcome alcohol in any form I can get it.
The classic mojito is, hands down, the best drink ever invented. It's the only mixed drink I deem worthy of splurging on if we go out. Jason loves them so much that he buys rum in bulk and once made them constantly over the span of a few weeks trying to fine tune his recipe. Mojitos, as you can imagine, are always welcome here.
This recipe is more like a frozen margarita, but with heavy emphasis on everything that makes mojitos so wonderful (mint! lime!) with the refreshing addition of watermelon. Normally, when I make something great, I want to hide under the kitchen table and devour it so I don't have to share, but this time I literally ran out of my apartment, knocked on my neighbor's door, and exclaimed "you have got to try this!".
Slushy Watermelon Mojitos
From Cooking Light
5 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
1 cup sparkling water, chilled
3/4 cup white rum (a mere suggestion)
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate, undiluted
Mint sprigs (optional)
Lime slices (optional)
1) Arrange watermelon in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze 2 hours or until completely frozen.
2) Combine frozen watermelon, sparkling water, rum, mint, and limeade in a blender; process until smooth. Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices, if desired, or just drink straight from the blender until you've reached your happy place.