I recently learned how to choose a ripe watermelon. Here’s how you do it. Turn it upside down and look for the yellow spot on the bottom, where it rested on the ground. It should be creamy in color. You can also knock on it and it should sound hollow inside. But the best way to tell if you have the perfect watermelon is by holding it. The denser it feels, the juicier it is. There are many ways to eat this delicious fruit. But on a hot summer night, when friends gather, nothing beats this quick and easy recipe that you can make in advance and just blend in a glass when your guests arrive. A tasty Cuban cocktail- watermelon mojito!
Forget using a mix. This is truly one of the most refreshing cocktails ever. Nothing like the taste of fresh watermelon and fresh mint leaves.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 quart seedless watermelon
25-30 fresh mint leaves
12 oz white rum
Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool, and set aside.
Cut the limes in half then again and then each quarter into 3-4 pieces. Muddle the limes and mint leaves with a mortar and pestle.
Place the watermelon pieces into a food processor and puree. Place the mint and lime mixture into a large pitcher with 2 cups of puréed watermelon, the rum, and the simple syrup and stir.
Fill up 6 glasses with ice cubes and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon. Serve ice cold.
Optional for simple syrup: Pour into a glass jar and seal with a lid until you're ready to use it. You will have more than the required amount for this recipe but simple syrup will keep, refrigerated, for about one month.