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This watermelon mojito is a vibrant, delicious, and refreshing summer cocktail which is prepared using sweet watermelon juice, fresh mint leaves, lime, white rum, and some fizzy soda water. 

a female pouring watermelon mojito in a glass

In this watermelon mojito, you’ll get fruity sweetness from watermelon juice, a nice tanginess from lime, herby freshness from mint leaves, fizz from the soda water, and a boozy touch from white rum.

Turning this cocktail into a mocktail is a breeze. On this page, you can get both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of this summer favorite drink. 

If you are a fan of cocktails or you rather prefer mocktails, this Watermelon Mojito is the perfect solution to all your weekend drink needs. 

Whether you are in a need of a refreshing summer drink, or you just want to relish something that gives you relief from the scorching heat. This watermelon mojito will fit all your needs. Imagine yourself holding an incredibly refreshing chilled fizzy drink in your hands on a hot day. Sounds indulging, right? 

two watermelon mojito glasses kept on a white table with watermelon cubes on the side

Making this ridiculously tasty Watermelon Mojito is super simple. To make watermelon mojito, all you need to do is blend, strain, and mix. That’s it! 

This season, make a big pitcher of this refreshing watermelon mojito and enjoy it with your family and friends. Once you make this watermelon mojito, you would want to make it throughout the watermelon season.

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits. Not only because it is super healthy and high in water content, but also because it tastes delightfully good on its own. The dishes prepared with watermelon are even more intriguing to me. So I keep experimenting and adding to my repertoire of favorite dishes.

Some of people’s favorite watermelon dishes are, watermelon smoothie, watermelon onion yogurt chip dip, watermelon salsa recipe, juicy watermelon pizza, and watermelon cucumber feta salad.

a female holding a steel straw over the watermelon mojito glass

What is Watermelon Mojito?

Watermelon Mojito is a classic take on a traditional Cuban cocktail. This watermelon flavoured drink consists of 7 ingredients: watermelon juice, white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, ice cubes and mint. 

What are the features of Watermelon Mojito?

This watermelon mojito is feature rich. It’s because it:

✓ is a refreshing drink to enjoy on hot days

✓ can easily be turned into non-alcoholic Drink

✓ is laden with sweet, juicy, summery flavor

✓ is vibrant, hydrating, and delicious

✓ is super quick and easy to make 

✓ is ideal for summer get-togethers and parties

✓ can also be made into non-alcoholic virgin mojito

✓ is fancy enough to drink on a special occasion

✓ made with simple ingredients

How to make a Non-alcoholic version of Watermelon Mojito?

Making a non-alcoholic version of this watermelon mojito (aka virgin watermelon mojito) is very simple. You just need to swap white rum with some club soda, apple cider fizz or just with water. 

At summer get-togethers, you can serve this virgin watermelon mojito mocktail to kids and your non-alcoholic friends.

two watermelon mojito glasses decoarated with lime and watermelon slice

What are the ingredients needed for watermelon mojito?

Watermelon mojito is made with only 7 basic ingredients. So for making this Watermelon Mojito you don’t have to hit up the market to buy ingredients yourself. These simple ingredients are:

1. Watermelon

You will need ripe, fresh, and juicy watermelon, preferably seedless. If you buy seedless watermelon then you’ll have to remove the seeds for making watermelon juice.

2. Mint leaves

For a nice refreshing flavor, fresh mint leaves are added to this watermelon mojito recipe. 

3. Sugar

I added sugar to this mojito recipe, but if you don’t prefer sugar then you can substitute it with honey or stevia.

4. Lime Juice and Lime slices

Lime juice and spices are added for nice tangy and refreshing flavors. 

5. White Rum

You will need white rum for this watermelon mojito. You can adjust the amount of rum according to your taste preferences. 

6. Soda Water or Club Soda:

You can use any soda water or club soda.

7. Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are added for making this mojito cold.

For a full list of Watermelon Mojito recipe ingredients and step-by-step photo and video instructions, please see the recipe box on this page.

How to buy sweet and ripe watermelon?

Buying sweet and ripe watermelon is really important when you are making watermelon dishes. To check if a watermelon is ripe, you need to check for the weight, color, and sound. 

Ripe watermelon would be heavy in size and would have a creamy yellow splotch at the place where it rests on the ground. Also, tap or knock the watermelon and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe and juicy.

watermelon mojito glass decoarated with lime and watermelon slice

How to make Watermelon Mojito?

Making watermelon mojito is super simple. You just need to make watermelon juice and then mix it with other ingredients.

This is how a traditional alcoholic mojito drink is made in 4 simple and easy steps:

Step 1:

Blend watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain the juice using a mesh strainer.

Step 2:

Add lime juice, white rum, icing sugar, muddled mint leaves, and lemon slices. Stir.

Step 3:

Add lime slices, mint leaves, ice cubes to a glass. 

Step 4:

Pour watermelon mojito. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lime and watermelon slice. Enjoy chilled. 

How to store Watermelon Mojito?

Watermelon mojito tastes great when made and served fresh. So if you are planning to make it for a party or get-together, then you probably want to store it. 

In that case, make the mojito without mint leaves, lime slices, and white rum. At the time of serving, add white rum, mint leaves, and lime slices. This way it would taste fresh and delicious.

Can I make Watermelon Mojito without sweetener?

For a healthier version of this Watermelon Mojito, you can replace sugar with agave nectar. A ripe watermelon is generally sweet, so you can also entirely skip the sweetener.

watermelon mojito glass decoarated with lime and watermelon slice and a female holding a glass in the background

What are pro tips, tricks, and variations to make the best Watermelon Mojito?

Tip 1. You can also add chopped watermelon pieces to this mojito.

Tip 2. If you don’t want to make watermelon juice, then you can directly muddle watermelon pieces in the serving glass.

Tip 3. You can also use basil leaves if you are not a fan of mint leaves.

Tip 4. I have made this mojito with fresh watermelon cubes, but you can also use pre-cut watermelon. 

Tip 5. You can even add sparkling watermelon water instead of club soda.

Tip 6. When making watermelon mojito (cocktail or mocktail), use chilled and fresh ingredients.

Tip 7. In this recipe, you can swap sugar with simple syrup.

Tip 8. Instead of white rum, you can also use dark rum for making mojito. Vodka would also fit here.

Tip 9. If you don’t prefer fizz in your drinks, then you can substitute soda water with regular chilled water.

Tip 10. If you want to make a non-alcoholic version of this watermelon mojito, then omit the white rum and make a virgin mocktail.

Tip 11. Always use a ripe and juicy watermelon for making a watermelon mojito drink.

Tip 12. Instead of watermelon juice, you can also use watermelon puree.

Tip 13. To get all the flavors, make sure to stir the mojito well before pouring it into the serving glasses.

overhead shot of three watermelon glasses

Watermelon Mojito [Recipe]

This watermelon mojito is a delicious, and refreshing summer cocktail which is prepared using watermelon juice, mint leaves, lime, white rum, and soda water.
★★★★✰
(Rating: 4.9 from 7 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
10 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Drinks Cuban 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
190 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Watermelon Mojito:
  • 1/2 chilled watermelon (about 600 grams)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar (or 1/3 cup simple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup lime juice, you can use fresh or storebought
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1 lime
For Serving:
  • Few mint sprigs and watermelon slices for serving
  • Soda water or club soda, as needed
  • Ice cubes, as required

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Watermelon Mojito:
  1. Slice and peel watermelon. Then cut it into about 1-inch cubes.
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  2. Keep it aside.
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  3. Now, slice the lime into thin slices.
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  4. Place 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves in a mortar and use the pestle to press gently down on them. Muddle them until you can smell a fresh aroma. You can also tear them off with your hands.
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  5. Also, add 2-3 lemon slices to the mortar muddle them as well. Keep it aside.
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  6. After that, add watermelon cubes to a blender jar and blend until smooth.
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  7. Now strain the juice through a mesh strainer in a bowl or a pitcher. If you don't want to strain the watermelon then you can directly transfer the juice to the bowl.
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  8. Now add 1/3 cup lime juice, rum, sugar, and muddled mint and lemon to the bowl.
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  9. Now stir everything well until the sugar dissolves.
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  10. For serving, add a lemon slice and torn mint leaves to tall glasses.
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  11. Add ice cubes, one more lemon slice, and mint sprigs.
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  12. Stir the mojito and pour it into the glasses until 3/4th of the glasses are filled.
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  13. Top with club soda.
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  14. Decorate glasses with a watermelon slice, and lemon slice.
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  15. Serve watermelon mojito chilled with some masala peanuts or any of your favorite snacks.
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NOTES:

  1. You can also add chopped watermelon pieces to this mojito.
  2. If you don't want to make watermelon juice, then you can directly muddle watermelon pieces in the serving glass.
  3. You can also use basil leaves if you are not a fan of mint leaves.
  4. I have made this mojito with fresh watermelon cubes, but you can also use pre-cut watermelon.
  5. You can even add sparkling watermelon water instead of club soda.

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