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Recipe Friday: Icy Spicy Watermelon Mojito

Welcome to Spring! Take advantage of warming temperatures and sit out outside with a drink in your hand. Sounds lovely doesn't it? 



Icy Spicy Watermelon Mojito

Yield: 4

Ingredients for Syrup

20 ea. Mint leaves, torn into thirds
½ cup Sugar
1 ½ cups Water
¼ cup Ginger, cut into thin strips
½ tsp.Sea salt
¼ cup Lime juice, freshly squeezed


  1. Place syrup ingredients in saucepan and bring to soft boil. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep another 30 minutes. Strain and chill.


16 ea. Mint leaves
1 ea. Lime, cut into 8 wedges
6 cups Watermelon, red seedless, pureed but not strained
1- 2 ea. (to taste) Thai chili, cut into thin rings, seeds discarded (or ¼ tsp. cayenne)1- 2 ea. (to taste)
8 oz. Light rum
2 oz. Watermelon Mint Infused Vodka, either house-made or store-bought, such as Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions Watermelon & Mint
8 drops Angostura bitters
6 cups Ice
1 cup Club soda or citrus infused tonic
For garnish: 4 ea. Watermelon, cut into 1" cubes, 4 ea. 6'' skewers, and 4 ea. mint sprgs.


  1. For each drink, place 4 mint leaves and 2 lime wedges in a hi-ball glass. Muddle lightly. Add about 1 ½ oz. syrup, 6 oz. watermelon puree, 1-2 rings of chilies, 2 oz. rum, 0.5 oz. watermelon-mint vodka, and 2 drops Angostura bitters. Add enough ice to almost fill glass then add splash of club soda. Give it one stir.
  2. Thread 1 watermelon cube on skewer then lay on top of glass rim. Add mint sprig to the glass and serve.

Variation: Rather than creating each drink individually, you can combine all liquid ingredients, then portion into individual glasses. 



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