Photo: Lee Harrelson / Styling: Virginia Cravens
8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

The classic Cuban mojito cocktail is the inspiration for this ruby-hued watermelon version. Be sure to keep the limeade frozen so the beverage will be slushy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Arrange watermelon in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze 2 hours or until completely frozen.

Step 2

Combine frozen watermelon, sparkling water, rum, mint, and limeade in a blender; process until smooth. Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices, if desired. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

GrandmaKY's Review

May 30, 2014
I have made these drinks a few times since they were first published in CL.....YUMMY! If you like watermelon and mint you will love these...

IlonaH's Review

July 17, 2013

AustinMarc's Review

July 16, 2012
Umm, just wow! These have become our favorite drink since making them on the 4th of July. I sliced up and froze an entire watermelon and kept the extra in the freezer, as that is the most time-consuming part of making these. My girlfriend grows mint in her yard and always brings some over. Now, making these is just a couple minutes away.

Silverchex's Review

October 19, 2011
Great refreshing summer drink! The hardest thing is to cut up the watermelon so its easy to make. I like mine really slushy so make sure the limeade is frozen when you put it in the blender. You can use the rum or sparkling water to thin it down if needed.

LisaEJ's Review

September 14, 2011
Delicious and refreshing....not an overwhelming strong watermelon flavor - but it is there. I didn't have white rum, so used Barbancourt (from Haiti). These were the hit of a recent cookout party - everyone who tried one asked for the recipe. Assembles quickly and easily for entertaining, since the watermelon prep has to be done 2 hours prior. Will definitely make again!

Lovetocreate's Review

August 14, 2010
This drink is a real keeper! Everyone loves it - it's so cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. I find I have to add extra sparkling water so it blends more easily, otherwise my blender (it's 32 years old)doesn't process it smoothly. For the virgin variety, I substitute a little rum extract for the white rum. Since my drink is thicker than the photo shows, I serve it with a "straw spoon" so people can stir and sip to enjoy every last drop of this liquid refreshment. ;-)

ehellmich's Review

August 07, 2009
Delicious and refreshing. I made some without the rum for my teenagers and they liked it also. I froze what we didn't drink and am hoping it tastes just as good as it did the first time.

framingham's Review

May 27, 2009
I served this delicious drink at our Memorial Day cookout, and it got rave reviews. It is sweet and refreshing. I made according to recipe; used a little more sparkling water and rum than called for per batch. The frozen watermelon breaks down well in the blender, so the drink is smooth. Also tastes great without the alcohol.

ErinMichelle's Review

May 05, 2009
This is my absolute favorite summer drink. Even my friends and family who do not like watermelon love them. Delicious!!!