It is so bloody hot, humid, and just plain nasty in Chicago today. Seriously, this is ridiculous... the Midwest has no business whatsoever hanging out in the triple digit range. Ugh!
If there was ever a day for a refreshing summer cocktail, today would be it. As I mentioned in the past, I am all about the slushy, fruity drinks. However, I also have a major love for minty drinks, which is why my absolute favorite summer cocktail is the Watermelon Mint Mojito. Not only does it strike the perfect balance between fruity and minty, it's also super refreshing.
My mouth is watering just thinking about this awesome drink... really, is there any thing better than the combination of watermelon and vodka on a hot summer day? I think not. I can't wait to get home and pour myself one of these bad boys! :-)
Watermelon Mint Mojito
3 oz watermelon vodka (recipe below)
6-8 fresh mint leaves, muddled
1 lime wedge, muddled
Simple syrup with mint (recipe below)
Club soda to taste
Wedge of watermelon & mint sprig for garnish
Basic simple syrup:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Bring to a boil and let reduce by a third. Take off heat, add in 6-8 mint leaves, and let steep for at least 1/2 hour. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
For infused vodka:
1 liter plain vodka
2 cups watermelon, diced
Mix together and allow the flavors to blend for 24 hours or up to 3 weeks.
1. Shake together all of the ingredients for the mojito and pour over ice.
2. Top with club soda, or lemon lime soda. Garnish with wedge of watermelon and sprig of mint.