We had a beautiful, ripe watermelon in our garden, so I asked Scott to bring it in and cut it up. Scott’s parents were visiting from Massachusetts, and his mom suggested that we make some fun cocktails with the watermelon and other things in our garden.
Here’s what we came up with: The Basil Melon Mojito, The Melon Honey Bomb, and The Spicy Melon Fizz. With such great company, these cocktails were as much fun to make as they were to drink! See below for all three recipes.
Scott first sliced the watermelon in half, then he sliced down the sides to remove the rind. He then cut the watermelon into slices and removed the seeds.
All three drink recipes start with watermelon juice. Cut the watermelon into small cubes and put in a blender. We used about 4 cups of cubed watermelon for every four drinks.
Blend the watermelon until smooth. Put a fine mesh strainer/sieve over a bowl or large measuring cup. Pour the watermelon juice over the strainer to remove the pulp. The finer the strainer, the thinner the juice will be.
Okay, now you’re ready to make the drinks!
The Basil Melon Mojito
Grab some basil from your garden. Tear it up and put it in a glass.
Cut a lime in half and squeeze some of the juice into the glass. Cut the other half of the lime into 8 pieces. Add 2-3 pieces of lime to each glass.
Add some sugar to the glass. We used 1/2 tsp of sugar per drink. You can add more if you like a sweeter cocktail.
Add 1.5 shots of light rum to the glass.
Muddle the rum, sugar, basil, lime, and lime juice. You don’t need any fancy tools for this. I just use the handle of a wooden spoon.
Pour in the watermelon juice and top with club soda.
Add a couple ice cubes, if desired.
The Melon Honey Bomb
Grab some lemon balm from your garden.
Put the lemon balm leaves in a glass. Add 1.5 shots of vodka. Muddle the lemon balm and vodka together. We made a batch of 3 drinks at once, but if you’re making individual drinks, you’ll want to add one 4″ sprig of lemon balm for each shot of vodka.
The lemon balm has a bit of a fuzzy texture to it, which makes it less than appetizing to munch on. So, although we left the basil leaves in the mojito, we recommend removing the lemon balm leaves from this drink. The leaves will flavor the vodka when muddled, so you don’t lose the flavor when removing the leaves.
Mix the lemon balm-flavored vodka with the watermelon juice. We used two cups of watermelon juice for three drinks.
Slice up a lemon and add it to the vodka/watermelon juice mixture. (Scott was showing off his knife skills and sliced the lemons really thin. They looked beautiful, but this isn’t necessary. You can just cut them into small pieces.)
Add some honey and muddle the ingredients to combine. We used 1 TB of honey (from our own bees!) for three drinks, so you should use about 1 tsp of honey per drink. You can add more or less, depending on how sweet you like your cocktail.
If you’re making a bunch of drinks at once, like we did, pour the mixture into glasses. Tip from Scott: use the handle of a spoon for an easier pour. The liquid travels down the spoon into the glass, so you won’t spill!
Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.Enjoy!
The Spicy Melon Fizz
I don’t know about you, but I love a spicy cocktail! To start, grab a couple jalapeno peppers from your garden. Slice each jalapeno pepper into 4 pieces. Remove the seeds.
Pour some of the watermelon juice into a glass. Add the jalapeno pepper pieces. Let the peppers soak in the juice for about 10 minutes. (Depending on how spicy the peppers are, you may want to add more or less. These were rather mild, so I ended up adding two.)
Remove the peppers from the juice. (You can add some agave syrup or honey, but I didn’t think this drink needed the extra sweetness.)
Add 1.5 shots of liquor. (I used light rum for this, but you can also use tequila or vodka.) Add some ice and club soda.
Thanks, Col, for helping us create these delicious cocktails! We had a lot of fun!
If you try these recipes, leave a comment to let us know what you think!