Jun 25

Watermelon Mojito Recipe


This refreshing cocktail is a twist on a traditional mojito. Sweet watermelon plays a starring role, making this a wonderful drink for a hot summer’s day.
Watermelon Mojito Recipe

Tavern on the Green, New York City’s famous restaurant set in the middle of Central Park, evokes grand images. For years, the Crystal Room and the patio adorned with twinkling lights was a favorite haunt of various actors, politicians, and musicians. John Lennon hosted many of his son’s birthday parties at the acclaimed restaurant, and Grace Kelly spent evenings wining and dining there. While living in New York City in the late 1990s, we set aside a morning to experience brunch at Tavern on the Green with some visiting friends. One of my friends, who travelled to Cuba several times, insisted that we try these fabulous drinks she had fallen for during her travels. Mojitos. The tartness of the limes, mixed with the clean flavor of the mint highlighted the tropical zing of the white rum. No wonder Hemingway fell for these refreshing drinks. While Tavern on the Green is no longer in existence (as of 2009) and mojitos have taken the cocktail world by storm since my first sip, I have fond memories of sitting under the same trees where Grace Kelly may have once dined, savoring my mojito and relishing the company of dear friends.

While the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might apply when referring to this traditional cocktail, I had a piece of watermelon in my fridge that was begging to live another day. Fresh mint was muddled with sugar and lime juice in a pitcher to release the natural oil from the mint. The smell of the fresh herb gently floated from the pitcher, balancing the scent of the tart limes. Once the watermelon was added, along with the rum, the drink turned from a murky liquid to a pinkish-red hue that was begging to be garnished with a miniature paper umbrella. I don’t know that Uncle Ernest would have approved, but it made me feel as though I was back under the twinkling lights in the middle of Central Park.

Place 3 cups of 1-inch watermelon cubes in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

In a small pitcher, combine 12 medium to large fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients to release the oils from the mint. Take care not to muddle to the point where the leaves fall apart.

Pour 6 ounces light rum and the watermelon puree into the pitcher and stir gently.

Fill four tall glasses (such as Collins glasses) with ice and divide the mojito amongst the glasses. Garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs, and serve immediately.

Other mojito recipes:

The Kitchn’s Ice-Cool Green Tea Mojitos
a la Carte Kitchen’s Refreshing Raspberry Mojito
Mogwai Soup’s Passionfruit Mojito
The Cooking Photographer’s Blueberry Mint Mojito

Watermelon Mojito Recipe
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes 4 cocktails
  • 3 cups ½-inch cubes watermelon
  • 12 medium to large fresh mint sprigs
  • 6 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 oz. light rum
  • 4 lime slices
  • 4 mint sprigs
  1. Place watermelon cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. In a small pitcher, combine fresh mint leaves, sugar, and fresh lime juice. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients to release the oils from the mint. Take care not to muddle to the point where the leaves fall apart. Pour rum and the watermelon puree into the pitcher and stir gently.
  3. Fill four tall glasses (such as Collins glasses) with ice and divide the mojito amongst the glasses. Garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cocktail

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jackie June 25, 2010 at 5:19 am

Whoa. This looks really refreshing and what a great take off from the traditional.


2 pegasuslegend June 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

I have never been a fan of this drink till now, I love watermelon and this is perfect, refreshing and what better way to celebrate the fourth of July such a pretty drink going to add a skewer of blueberries on top and whipped cream love it!!!!!!


3 Emily June 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

Now that's the ultimate thirst-quencher for summer!I like the idea of adding watermelon to the traditional mojito which gives beautiful color and sweetness. :)


4 Raquelle June 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I must make these!!! Thanks for the recipe.


5 Cookin' Canuck June 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Thanks to all of you for your comments.

Claudia, that sounds like a fun way to dress it up for the fourth of July!


6 penny aka jeroxie June 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I wish I have some of that right now. Need a drink!


7 Kalyn June 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

That looks perfect for weather like we had yesterday!


8 wannafoodie June 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm

SO PRETTY! I love that pink. What a good cocktail for my next ladies afternoon… :)


9 citronetvanille June 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Oh I have to try this mojito! Even though not a big alcohol drinker, and picky with my drinks, I would love this one! what a beautiful cocktail, that pink color is irresistible!


10 Paula - bell'alimento June 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Um I'm off to the market to pick up a watermelon ; ) Love it!


11 Victoria June 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Wow, this looks gorgeous! We are huge mojito fans so I will definitely give this a try. Thanks!


12 Trix June 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Well you've done. After looking at this mouthwatering drink, my Friday has begin!!!


13 Jenn June 25, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Is it weird to want a mojito so early in the afternoon?????? It is the start of the weekend right? :)


14 Tasty Eats At Home June 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I have never been a mixed drink fan, but I LOVE a good mojito. They go down way too easy. This would be even more easy – it's gorgeous and sounds so refreshing!


15 steve June 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I enjoyed my first Mojito at the bar revered for creating it in Havana where Hemingway was a fixture. I've liked them ever since and this looks like a refreshing treat!


16 Cookie June 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm

This looks so refreshing and perfect for the summer! I just wish we had warm weather right now!


17 Lynn June 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

Yum! I can almost taste the watermelon!


18 Chef E June 26, 2010 at 2:34 am

A friend came to town and we went to that place! That drinks looks great!


19 Anonymous June 26, 2010 at 2:54 am

You forgot the soda. A Mojito gets topped with a little soda. Even better topped with a little sparkling wine. Like a Cava or Prosecco.


20 Cookin' Canuck June 26, 2010 at 3:03 am

Thank you for all of your comments.

Anonymous, I did consider adding the soda to this recipe. In fact, I tried it both ways and decided that, with this watermelon version, I like it without the soda better. I will have to try it with Prosecco next time – great idea!


21 marla {family fresh cooking} June 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm

What a beautiful cocktail. I love the sweet tart thing too. I want to pretend I am Grace Kelly while I sip this summer treat. xo


22 Barbara @moderncomfortfood June 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Well done! This is such a refreshing new idea for a summertime drink, and I bet it would also hit the spot in its non-alcoholic version. Cheers and many thanks for sharing!


23 Devaki June 27, 2010 at 4:23 am

Dear Dara – What a great walk down memory lane and with a great drink in tow! Your refreshing new take on the old mojito is wonderful!

I can imagine how well the watermelon pairs with the freshness of limes.

I am so glad we ate at Tavern on the Green when it was open. Thanks for revoking fond memories :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors


24 Kerstin June 28, 2010 at 1:16 am

Mmm, I wish I had one of these right now!


25 chris June 28, 2010 at 3:11 am

So sad Tavern is no longer. But, this Mojito? Callin' to me! Looks so refreshing. It's late…but I would like a glass now, please.


26 Maria June 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I am hooked to watermelon drinks after our event at the Canyons. Love this one!


27 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker June 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Awesome summer drink! Would have loved one this weekend in the 100-degree heat!


28 Maggy@ThreeManyCooks.com June 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I am definitely making these Watermelon Mojitos at our 4th July celebration this weekend. What a GORGEOUS photo!


29 Tracy June 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Mmm, looks so refreshing! Love the watermelon!


30 tspegar June 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

oooh look at you, adding new fruits to the classic mojito! delicious! i love this idea!


31 Peggy June 29, 2010 at 11:02 am

I'm not really a big mojito fan, but I'm absolutely in love with watermelon so this may actually be something I'd enjoy!


32 Megan June 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Just might have to try this all dressed up for the fourth of July! Looks refreshingly delicious!


33 Anonymous July 1, 2010 at 10:03 am

A friend made these last weekend and now i'm hooked! Have tweeted your recipe and been out to buy another watermelon ready for the weekend. Bring it on!



34 Karen April 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

I had to come check this cocktail out when I saw it on your year 2 recap…
This looks SO delicious. Refreshing and flavorful. Mojitos are one of my favorite summer drinks, and I love your watermelon version!


35 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Dara I am loving this recipe.

I am in Aruba right now, eating my weight in watermelon.

I need to just start adding rum and lime juice and sugar to it now :)


36 Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen May 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

This looks so incredibly refreshing! Can’t wait to make this.


37 Leigh August 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

I tried this recipe this past weekend and it was by far the best drink I have ever had! I loved it, it is my new staple drink for the summer.


38 Adriana June 19, 2015 at 3:25 am

This one is absolutely a refreshing drink. I want to have some drink once a week, but might as well at least make it healthy. Thank you for this one. I can’t wait to have it very soon!


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