Honeydew Melon Mojito

Honeydew Melon MojitoCinco de Mayo is nearly upon us my friends. I love this time of year, mostly because it’s a hoot to see the wide variety of celebrations and the availability of inexpensive Haas avocados on the East Coast. Hate to break it to ya but a Floridian avocado just won’t cut it for guacamole. Then there are the cocktails. This year I’m mixing up a Honeydew Melon Mojito in replacement of our traditional margaritas.

I’ll confess, I’ve never been a big fan of the margarita. In my humble opinion one should always drink good tequila. Why then cover up the flavor with a bunch of sour mix? Now a spritz of lime, a little aloe juice and simple syrup, I’m all about that! Heck, I’ll even go for some grenadine and orange juice. Hello Sunshine

Give me a mojito though and I’m a happy girl. Yes, I know the mojito isn’t even Mexican. But the signature cocktail of Cuba pairs perfectly with spicy Cinco de Mayo eats like my favorite ceviche de langostinos and the all-most-as-good-as-home huaraches at El Centro D.F. in Georgetown {disclosure: I may be partial to these as El Centro is my hometown}. Then I can always have tequila for dessert!

Pop Quiz: Do you know what Cinco de Mayo celebrates?  Hint: It isn’t Mexican 4th of July, people!

My twist on the Cuban favorite cuts out the sugar and replaces it with the refreshing sweetness of melon. If you’d like to Mexican-up your mojito you could rim the glass with Pico Diana chili powder candy.

Growing up on the Mexican border in Southern California Pico was a snack staple. We’d sprinkle it on mango, over oranges, and yes, on melons. Don’t let the term “candy” fool ya though, this stuff is spicy!

Honeydew Melon Mojito
Honeydew Melon Mojito
Serves 1
A refreshing, sugar-free twist on the signature cocktail of Cuba.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 Ounces White Rum
  2. 1/4 Cup Honeydew Melon
  3. Juice of 1/2 a lime
  4. 2 Large Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Place ice, melon and the leaves of one sprig of mint into blender. Blend until smooth. Place mixture in a cocktail shaker with lime juice and rum. Shake well. Pour into glass (margarita classes work well) and garnish with melon ball and mint sprig.
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