Watermelon Mojitos

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There’s nothing quite like the sweet, juicy goodness of a fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. And when you combine that delicious fruit with the minty freshness of a classic mojito, you get the ultimate refreshing cocktail – the watermelon mojito.

This vibrant, mouthwatering drink is the perfect way to kick back, relax, and soak up the warm weather vibes. Perfect for a day by the pool or an outdoor party.

Watermelon Mojito in tall glass on white marble surface

Watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit, bursting with natural sweetness and hydration that make it the ideal base for a refreshing cocktail.

By blending the juicy melon with rum, lime, mint, and a touch of simple syrup, you get a very special drink. A beautiful, reddish-pink cocktail that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

There’s no doubt about it – the watermelon mojito is the ultimate summer cocktail. With its vibrant color, refreshing flavors, and easy-to-make nature, it’s the perfect drink to enjoy while soaking up the warm weather and laid-back vibes of the season.

A Refreshing Twist on a Classic

The classic Mojito is a beloved warm-weather cocktail, blending white rum, lime, mint, and fizzy club soda. This watermelon mojito recipe takes that classic formula and gives it a fun, summery twist by incorporating the sweet, juicy flavor of fresh watermelon.

The watermelon adds a natural sweetness that complements the tart lime and herbal mint. Beyond just the taste, the watermelon also lends a beautiful reddish hue to the drink.

Choosing Your Watermelon

The key to this recipe is using fresh, ripe watermelon for maximum sweetness and flavor. Look for a watermelon that’s heavy for its size, with a creamy yellow spot on one side indicating ripeness.

White Rum

You’ll also want to use a good quality white rum, as that will be the foundation of the cocktail. Bacardi Superior is always good.

Adjusting the Recipe

One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s highly customizable. Here are a few ways you can tweak it to make it your own:

Adjust the Sweetness: If you find the drink to be too sweet, you can reduce the amount of simple syrup used. Start with half the called-for amount and adjust to taste. Or add more if it’s not sweet enough.

Vary the Rum: While the recipe calls for white rum, you can experiment with different rum styles to see what you enjoy most. Try using a spiced rum or even a dark rum for a richer, more complex flavor profile.

Add Another Citrus: While classic Mojitos call for lime only, you can add a splash of freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice to the mix.

Garnish with Fruit: In addition to the classic lime wheel and mint sprig, you can get creative with your garnishes. Try adding a few cubes of fresh watermelon, a raspberry, or even a small edible flower for a beautiful presentation.

Make it Non-Alcoholic: To make a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum and replace it with club soda or a splash of sparkling water.

Watermelon Mojito in tall glass on white marble surface

Watermelon Mojito

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Imagine combining the sweet, juicy goodness of a fresh watermelon with the minty freshness of a classic mojito, you get the Watermelon Mojito.


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 cup chopped watermelon
  • 5 large mint leaves
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: watermelon slice and mint sprig


  1. Start by placing the cubed watermelon into a blender and blending until smooth.
  2. Pour the blended watermelon through a mesh strainer to remove any pulp or seeds.
  3. Place the fresh mint leaves in a glass. Use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to gently press and twist the mint, releasing the oils and aroma.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  5. Add the strained watermelon juice, the lime juice, rum, and simple syrup. Stir to combine.
  6. Garnish each drink with a lime wheel or watermelon slice, and a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.

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Last Updated:

March 25, 2024