These Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos are going to become your next refreshing go-to summer drink – serve them in an ice cold pitcher!
Hey everyone!! So I'm here with these absolutely delicious Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos for a special Saturday Connecting over Cocktails post – I've paired up with some Food Bloggers of Canada members, Justine Celina, Killing Thyme Eat-Zine, Diversifore, The Hesitant Chef and Crumb Kitchen, for a spectacular display of delicious cocktails you HAVE to make this summer.
The food blogging community has been really instrumental to my success as a freelance writer and photographer, and it is so wonderful to be able to share in the fruits of the season together in one big showcase of our work. So keep reading, and discover my Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos, as well as five other delectable cocktail recipes just waiting for your next summer party!
Okay, before we even get into this recipe I have to point out that technically I'm lying about these being mojitos. There's some vodka in there so technically these aren't your traditional mojito cocktail, but I prefer the more subtle taste that vodka lends compared to the stronger flavour of rum. Then again, I'm pretty sure traditional mojitos don't have watermelon or cucumber in them either, but they make the drink so much more delicious! This spin on the classic is going to become your next favourite summer drink, regardless of its authenticity or not: trust me!
As the weather gets warmer, I find myself really experimenting and trying to get outside to shoot more. One of the perks of moving home to Hamilton has been trading in my little space in the sky for a lovely, lush backyard in the suburbs. I only plan to be here for about another year and glad I landed back here during one of the best seasons. I just can't get enough of summer!
We've planted tons of fresh herbs in the backyard this year so it's making seasonal cooking and recipe development that much more exciting for me. I love this time of year because everything is just so fresh and vibrant, and all you want to do is be outside and bask in the glow of the sun. I swear, summer makes me miss my lifeguard days sometimes. I totally took for granted how much vitamin D I got at that time in my life. Sigh…
What's even better than lifeguarding, however, is getting outside to enjoy happy hour in the backyard, and needless to say I have more than enough inspiration to keep me outside all summer long. Listed below are five other DELICIOUS cocktails that are all worth a try this season. If you want to find all of the other cocktails for this fun summer series, be sure to head to my fellow Food Bloggers of Canada members' websites for some tasty and totally poolside-sippable drinks! (Now all you gotta do is find someone with a pool… 😉 ) Cheers everyone!
- Jared (The Hesitant Chef) – Minted Cucumber & Gin Gimlet
- Cassie (Crumb Kitchen) – Spiked Strawberry Basil Limeade
- Sean (Diversifore) – Mezcalita Del Ocaso
- Dana (Killing Thyme Eat-Zine) – Pineapple Pepper Punch with Jalapeño
- Justine (Justine Celina) – Rose Lychee Elderflower Sangria
If you want to connect over cocktails with the other Food Bloggers of Canada members, be sure to search for the hashtag #fbcconnectingovercocktails on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – let us know which one you're going to make!!!
Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos
- 1 seedless watermelon pureed
- 1/2 English cucumber pureed
- 2 limes juiced
- 1/2 cup mint muddled
- 8 oz vodka chilled
- 1 large bottle sparkling water chilled (I prefer PC brand, San Pellegrino or Perrier)
- Ice cubes
- Using a blender or juicer, puree watermelon and cucumber together. Strain using a fine mesh sieve if using a blender to remove pulp and set juice aside (preferably in fridge to chill).
- Juice limes, then muddle with mint using a wooden spoon or a muddler if you have one. Put the mixture in a shaker with ice and shake for 15-20 seconds. Strain into a large pitcher.
- Add juice to large pitcher, then vodka and bottle of sparkling water.
- Pour into glasses filled with ice and enjoy!