Who doesn’t love watermelon? My mom always had watermelon in the fridge in the summer growing up. It screams summer. Whenever I eat it though, there is always the tiniest bit of watermelon juice that remains at the bottom. I always slurp it up but the problem is, I always want more. With that in mind, this drink was born. When I started thinking about it, I knew I had to add a little something different. People have done a watermelon juice before, I wanted it to be a little more thoughtful. I kept thinking mojito. Watermelon, mint and lime are pretty good buddies and I figured you could made this drink and all you’d have to do is add some vodka or rum and you have a slammin’ little cocktail for the summer. I knew it would be good, I just didn’t know it was going to leave me wanting it everyday. This is the perfect refreshment! It’s so good, I’m probably gonna bottle it…I’m not even kidding…
1 Small seedless watermelon, cubed
A bunch of fresh mint
1-2 Limes, zest and juice
First, you are going to need to take the watermelon rind off that magic red flesh. It’s a slippery job so be on high alert with your knife. To do that, all I did was sit the watermelon on the cutting board, flesh facing up and holding the watermelon securely and slice away at the rind. I’d recommend using a towel to hold the watermelon in place as an added safety measure.
When you’ve removed about 1/3 of the rind, flip the watermelon over so it sits flat on the board and take your knife and just peel away the rind, always cutting away from your body. Try to remove as little of the watermelon flesh as possible, that’s the idea.
Slice the watermelon into planks and then stack the planks on top of each other and make the same kind of slices.
Now you should have watermelon sticks bunched together. Keep them bunched…
…then proceed to cut the watermelon into cubes.
Now if you have a blender, use it. Transfer the cubes to a blender, add some lime juice, lime zest and mint and puree it. I didn’t have one so I did all than in a big bowl and pureed it with a hand blender. If you don’t have a blender, use this method.
Add zest of however many limes you use, I used two for a small watermelon.
Roughly chop the mint and add that as well.
Squeeze one limes worth of juice into the bowl, reserving one more lime just in case it needs more when its done.
Then I just took my hand blender and pureed the fruit until it was liquefied and lump-less. Now you are going to need to strain it really well. I used two bowls and just strained the juice about 5-6 times just to make sure it was as pure as I could get it.
Use a spoon or spatula to help the straining process. The pulp clogs up the strainer so moving a spatula around helps open up the mesh.
Once it’s strained enough for your liking, taste it. Mine needed more lime juice so I squeezed another lime. It really brightens up the flavor of the drink.
This is a totally optional step. However, if you really want to impress, I highly recommend going this route. I will advise though that if you are going to make this for a party, the ice will probably take up close to half the amount of juice you made so make sure you make a lot of juice. Just ladle the juice into 1 ice cube tray and throw it in the freezer for about 2-3 hours.
The reason you would go through the trouble of doing this is because if you used regular ice cubes, as they melted, they would begin to dilute the drink, it gets watered down. If you replace regular ice cubes with watermelon ice cubes, when it melts there’s no dilution. It also kind of extends the life of your drink. When you put the drink down and the ice melts, its like a mini refill without having to get up. I like that.
All you’ve got to do now is throw some of the watermelon ice cubes in a glass and pour in some juice and go outside, sit in the sun and just sip away at this marvel of a drink. If you want to spice it up a bit, add some vodka or rum and you have an amazing cocktail…you’ve got freak juice! You serve this at your next BBQ and you’ll be a star.