Watermelon Mojito – Ina Garten Friday

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“Write drunk; edit sober.” ― said Ernest Hemingway, the man associated with the creation of Mojito. According to Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide, the mojito was invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba. At the La Floridita, one of the watering holes he used to frequent in Cuba , hangs Hemingway’s signed quote:  “My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita”

So I took his advice and made this watermelon Mojito by Ina Garten. Drank it and then wrote the blog post. I have no idea where that blog post is. I know I saved it! Honest! Well at least I thought I had saved it and that counts.

Ok jokes apart, mojitos are my favorite cocktails and this recipe from Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? Is  just that – Easy. Fun, colorful and so much full of flavor, this watermelon  Mojito is a perfect drink for long summer afternoons.

Joining me this summer Friday with some desserts or drinks are these fine bloggers and Ina Garten fans. Stop by their blogs to see what they whipped up this Friday.

Watermelon Mojito – Ina Garten Friday

Servings 6


  • 20 large fresh mint leaves
  • 3 to 4 thick slices fresh watermelon
  • 12 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • Sprigs of mint for serving
  • Long slices of Cucumber for serving

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • Combine and gently simmer until sugar dissolves.


  1. Muddle the mint.
  2. Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon.
  3. Put the watermelon into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree.
  4. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of pureed watermelon, the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a pitcher for serving.
  5. When ready to serve pour the mojito mixture into the glasses on ice, and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and slices of cucumber. Serve chilled.

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