Summer, summer, summertime… it demands a good cocktail (or two, actually). Recently I reorganized my boards and created one just for the blessed cocktail: Gulp, gulp, gulp. The summer heat has yet to really set in here in Nashville (knock on wood), so now is as good of time as any to start testing out some of these pinned summertime cocktails ideas, right?
Some time ago I found this Strawberry & Watermelon Vodka Mojitos pin then low-and-behold this week I happily discovered a basket of strawberries and a whole watermelon laying around. Time to put these fruits of the summer to work.
After testing a couple of rounds (it took a lot of convincing), here are my thoughts on Katie’s Strawberry & Watermelon Vodka Mojitos recipe…
- “Mmm, that tastes like summertime…” I believe those were my first words after tasting this concoction. This is a light, creative summery cocktail that will get a lot of smiles (and refill requests).
- Get out your mesh strainers. As I learned when I tested out the Strawberry & Honey Sorbet pin last year, strawberry recipes tend to require a lot of straining to get the seeds out, otherwise you’ll wind up with a lot of seedy grit. Katie recommends using a fine strainer, but I found a two-phase straining process worked pretty well. First I ran the blended watermelon-strawberry mixture through a medium-sized sieve to get out the bigger watermelon chunks, then I used a fine mesh strainer to catch the remaining strawberry seeds. This process gets messy & sticky, so try to keep it contained to the sink as much as possible.
- A little more of this, a little less of that. I used an 8 ounce glass to make our mojitos and found I needed to make several adjustments to Katie’s recipe.
- Less lime. Katie suggests an entire lime for each glass. I found this a bit much – the lime flavor was very overpowering. On our second round, I used 1/2 lime for each mojito and there was a much better taste balance.
- Syrup, schmyrup. The recipe calls for a simple syrup to mash with the lime, but I think you can probably skip this step and simply mash together the mint with sugar to release the minty oils.
- More strawberries & watermelon! The original recipe calls for just one tablespoonful of the strawberry-watermelon juice. That’s a cryin’ shame! On our final (and favorite) round, we used 3 tablespoons of the strawberry-watermelon mixture and that was perfection. I got about 1/3 of a pitcher full of juice from blending the strawberries & watermelon, so you’ll have plenty of supply for multiple mojitos even with 3 tablespoons in each one – I’m guessing it’s enough for at least a dozen mojitos.
- Rum v. Vodka. On our honeymoon in Costa Rica, I became a sucker for rum. Katie’s recipe calls for vodka or rum, so we tried out both versions. They were both good, but ultimately hubs and I both agreed the rum version was better for summertime evenings on the patio.
Overall this cocktail required a little more work than others (mostly the straining process), but it does make for one light and tasty drink with all the flavors of the season. Grab your cocktail shaker and get to drinking!