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Watermelon Mockjito

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Watermelon Mockjito

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This super-refreshing drink, perfect to sip on a hot summer’s day, has a beautiful balance of watermelon, mint, and lime, without any rum headache! Though the recipe makes 2 drinks, you’ll have enough leftover watermelon juice, watermelon simple syrup, and fresh watermelon to make 4 more drinks — and once you have those components, it takes 10 minutes tops to create a batch. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Brittany Conerly.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 watermelon (seedless, 5-6 pounds)
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (from 3 large limes)
  • 8 fresh mint leaves (large, torn by hand)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • lime slices (for serving)
  • mint sprigs (for serving)
  • watermelon (small wedges, for serving)
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    1. For watermelon simple syrup, put sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often, to dissolve sugar. Set pan in a bowl of ice water and stir occasionally until syrup is cool, about 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, cut watermelon in half and reserve half for other uses. From the remaining watermelon, cut 1 cup of medium watermelon chunks and set aside. Dice 1 cup watermelon and set aside. Cut the rest of the watermelon into large chunks (about 4 cups). Puree the large chunks in a blender, then pour and rub the watermelon juice through a fine strainer. You’ll have about 1 ½ cups watermelon juice.
    3. Pour cool syrup into a blender and add diced watermelon and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Whirl until very smooth, about 2 minutes; strain. You’ll have about 1 ½ cups watermelon simple syrup.
    4. To make the mockjito, in a cocktail shaker, muddle the medium chunks of watermelon with mint leaves to release the juice and oils. (If you don’t have a muddler, stir vigorously with a wooden spoon, breaking up watermelon and mint.) Add 2 ounces (¼ cup) watermelon syrup, 2 ounces (¼ cup) watermelon juice, the remaining 2 ounces (¼ cup) lime juice, and a handful of ice cubes. Shake vigorously until cold, then pour into 2 glasses.
    5. Top drinks with sparkling water. Add a lime slice, mint sprig, and watermelon wedge to each. Leftover watermelon juice and watermelon simple syrup keep, chilled, up to 1 week; stir before using.
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    Amie 2 years ago
    It was a lot of work and my kitchen is covered in watermelon but it was definitely worth it!
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    Cherie Pemberton 2 years ago
    My daughter loved it.