Summer is here, and it’s full blown! Time to take out all those pitchers and tumblers to stir up some cool summer drinks!
Today I bring in one of my favorite summer recipes with a twist for the little ones. It’s the popular Cuban watermelon Mojito but without the usual white rum. It’s very simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients. And the best part? It can be stored for almost a week in the freezer!
Just so all the little ones know – “Mo-ji-to” is actually pronounced “Mo-hi-to” ! Nice twang, isn’t it? So, let’s get started!
Watermelon Mojito Recipe for Kids
Things you will need :
- Watermelon juice, 4 cups (I recommend using homemade juice rather than the packaged ones)
- Your favourite colourless carbonated drink (I used sprite), about 3 cups
- Lemon juice/lime juice, 2 tablespoon
- Mint extract (optional), ½ tablespoon (You can also blend 8-10 mint leaves along with the watermelon)
- Sprigs of mint leaves, a handful
- Black salt , 1 pinch
- Sugar (optional), to taste (I didn’t need any sugar since my watermelon was sweet enough).
- Scooped or chopped watermelon balls/pieces, (optional)
- Ice cubes, about 8
You will also need :
- A blender or juicer
- A mixing bowl or pitcher
- Lemon crusher
- Sharp knife
- A melon baller (measuring spoons will also work)
1. To make the watermelon juice, blend chunks of watermelon and strain it to remove the pulp and seeds.
2. In a mixing bowl, add the watermelon juice, cold drink, sugar (if needed), mint extract, black salt, lemon juice, lemon slices and torn mint leaves.
3. Add in the ice cubes and watermelon balls at the end. Give everything a gentle stir.
4. There are many ways in which you can garnish your drink. You can cut a lemon/lime in small rounds. Slice one edge and insert it through the glass rim. Or you could just put in a sprig of fresh mint leaves.
That’s it – a yummy, refreshing watermelon mojito ready in minutes! You can keep it in an air tight bottle or jug for almost a week – just be sure to remove the solid parts like the lemon pieces, mint leaves and watermelon balls or else they’ll turn soggy. This drink is also a visual delight with the bright colors so serve them in pretty glasses for maximum impact!
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