Ah, summer. I love this time of year. The lazy days. Fresh veggies and fruits. Day drinking, I love you most of all. Mix up a Honeydew Melon Mojito in replacement of a traditional margarita and hello, summer!
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 sour mixes and artificial junk? 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. AKA sunshine in a cocktail shaker.
Give me a mojito though and I’m a happy girl. The signature cocktail of Cuba pairs perfectly with spicy or cool flavors of the season.
My twist on the Cuban favorite cuts out the sugar and replaces it with the refreshing sweetness of the melon. Feeling adventurous? Try a sweet and spicy flavor mashup by rimming your 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!
Whatever you’re drinking, I hope your season is sweet. Cheers, my friends!
Honeydew Melon Mojito
- 1.5 Ounces White Rum
- 1/4 Cup Honeydew Melon
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- 2 Large Sprigs of Fresh Mint
- 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.