Watermelon Mojito, I love summer!

 
Summer is really the season for eating refreshing, beautiful fruits. They come in a myriad of colours, my favourite being red. Red is the colour of strawberries, of raspberries and of course, of watermelons. Red is also a festive colour, perfect for Christmas, New Years, the up coming Chinese New Year and even Valentines Day! In fact, my favourite colour changes with the season.

 

 
It’s a fantastic thing being able to use up left over fruits in a tasty cold drink. Not that I don’t like eating the fruits by themselves, there’s just been such an abundance of fruits that we couldn’t possibly have eaten them all. Yuye and I made watermelon mojitos the other day. The vibrant colours really had me.

 

 
The more I post about these drinks, the more I think I should change my blog into a cocktails/drinks blog. But I couldn’t bear the thought of not posting about my travels, restaurant reviews and other recipes so the idea was quickly abandoned. You’ll just have to bear with me until I run out of delicious fruits, if that can ever happen. :PThe drink is not really a mojito as such because it’s quite different but I just called it that for the lack of a better name.

Watermelon Mojito
Serves 2

Ingredients:

– Half cup watermelon flesh
– handful of mint
– 90ml Havana Club rum
– 1/2 tsp Elderflower cordial
– ice cubes
– wedge of lime*
– blueberries and sprig of mint to garnish

 
Technique:1. Put half of the watermelon pieces and 3/4 mint leaves into a large shaker. Smash watermelon and mint until the mint becomes fragrant and watermelon is mushed up.

 
2. Add in elderflower cordial, rum and top with ice then shake vigorously.

 

 
3. Strain half of liquid into a cocktail glass, top up with ice cubes and garnish with a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime. Serve immediately.

 

 
4. Strain remaining liquid into another cocktail glass, add in remaining watermelon pieces, blueberries and mint leaves. Add some ice cubes and serve with a spoon.*I didn’t use lime when I made this drink as I didn’t have lime at the time but it would have made a big difference.

Note: This drink should have been double strained as there were floating white watermelon seeds in the drink but we were in a hurry so didn’t do this. It takes me too long to take photos as it is and the ice was melting! 😛

It’s a fairly strong drink but no sugar is needed as the watermelon should be sweet enough.

 
Question time: What’s your favourite colour and what’s your favourite summer fruit?

 

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11 comments… add one
  • Sara January 5, 2012, 3:08 pm

    This looks so delicious!! Love the flavors here – I bet elderflower liquor goes so well with watermelon! 🙂

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  • Dana January 5, 2012, 6:50 pm

    My favourite colour is blue and my favourite summer fruit is mango, followed closely by lychee and of course, watermelon :).

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  • msihua January 5, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Next thing you know you're going to turn into an alcoholic! Chilli red used to be my favourite colour, but I find that I'm moving on to coral orange now… and I love watermelon juices too! And coconut and sugar cane!

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  • leaf (the indolent cook) January 5, 2012, 7:27 pm

    It's like a two-in-one cocktail and dessert! So cool and refreshing.

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  • Choux-Fleur January 5, 2012, 10:00 pm

    LOOKS SO YUMMY 🙂 I love yellow and I love pineapple and pineapple cocktails ie. PINA COLADAS 😀 And mango/lemon/tropical frozen daiquiris 😀

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 6, 2012, 3:38 am

    Very Nice and yummy! I miss summer…it's so damn cold over here in HK right now!

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  • Deanna January 6, 2012, 7:30 am

    Watermelon mojitos are the best. Lime and watermelon were just meant to be together.

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  • Akika (Ichigo Shortcake) January 6, 2012, 12:04 pm

    @Sara, the elderflower isn't really a liquor, it's a cordial~ it's very sweet and strong so can't put much in the drink! 🙂

    @Dana, I love lychee flavour…but for some reason I don't really like eating lychees 😛 Agree on the mango though 🙂

    @msihua, I know right!! I've still got a few cocktails to post up and I feel like I will be making more as well 😛 Oh and I love sugar cane too!!

    @leaf, It was sort of like a dessert plus drink…:)

    @Choux-Fleur, I was actually going to make a pina colada 😀 I even bought all the ingredients for it but haven't gotten around to it yet. 😀

    @Daisy, what's the temperature like in HK? I miss HK though..haven't been there in years!

    @Deanna, i know right 😛 I forgot to buy limes when I made that so it didn't have the awesome acidity it needed 🙁 next time!

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  • Nic@diningwithastud January 6, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Ooh I love watermelon! What a perfect summer drink 🙂

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  • DJ@bakingperfection.com June 11, 2012, 5:21 pm

    WATERMELON MOJITO!! What a delicious idea! I can’t wait to try this! Awesome blog, I’m definitely adding it to my list of “daily blog reading” 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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