It's the middle of the week and I already know what you're thinking, "What delicious cocktail am I making once I get home", right?. Well my friends #drinkthesummer has got you covered. My lovely friend Sherrie has rounded up a swell group of people to have a virtual cocktail party, and you're invited!
For this summertime soiree I'm sharing my recipe for these honeydew melon-ginger mojitos. In my mind mojitos are one of those quintessential drinks that you have to make at least once before summer is over; which sadly is creeping up pretty quickly. Awful, I know.
I believe that honeydew melons don't get put to proper use. The only time I find myself eating them is when they are served up at some hotel breakfast buffet, or if by chance they end up in a fruit cup that I get at the store. It's a shame. From their color, to their utterly sweet and juicy flesh; I have no clue why I'm not eating these melons more often. To make up for my laziness, I've decided to show off the potential of this beautiful melon by tossing it into this mojito, adding fresh muddled ginger, and just the right amount of demerara sugar.
Here is the full list of everyone who made a delicious beverage for #drinkthesummer
With Food + Love | Basil Fig Vodka Smash
A Little Saffron | Beach Bum's Rum
A Thought For Food | Tarragon Tequlia Swizzle
Downshiftology | Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme
Heart of a Baker | Green Tea Mint Cooler
Hungry Girl por Vida | Whisky Peach Alexander
The Green Life | Spiced Plum, Fig & Kombucha Cocktail
Hummingbird High | Watermelon and Mint Agua Fresca
Floating Kitchen | Peach Sun Tea and Bourbon Cocktail
Beard and Bonnet | Melon Mojito
EGD | Backyard Peach Sweet Tea
Appeasing a Food Geek | Basil and Black Pepper Gin Sour
Vegetarian Ventures | Garden Tonic Punch
Nosh and Nourish | Mango Margaritas with Chile Lime Salted Rims
Domesticate ME! | Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita
The Foodie Nurse | Husk Cherry Margarita
my name is yeh | Choose Your Own Adventure Bloody Marys
Sevengrams | Cucumber, Gin and Chartreuse Cocktail
Wicked Spatula | Coconut Gin and Tonic
Eat Boutique | Sbagliatos and Homemade Sweet Vermouth
Nutritionist in the Kitch | Healthy Muddled Blackberry Pina Coladas
Chocolate + Marrow | Pequito Verdecito
The Solstice Table | Jalapeno Watermelon Cooler
HonestlyYUM | Watermelon, Fresh Herbs, & Sotol Cocktail
Seasonal Cravings | Strawberry Lime Gin Rickey
Salted Plains | Frozen Honeydew Daiquiris
The Broken Bread | Honeydew-Ginger Apricot Mojitos
Fix Feast Flair | Ginger-Berry Splash Cocktail
Turntable Kitchen | Summer Cooler Cocktails, Two Ways
Foolproof Living | Blueberry, Dark Cherry and Calvados Cocktail
Dessert for Two | Salty Melon Slush
Drinks for everyone!
Heartbeet Kitchen | Salty Watermelon Shrub Elixir
TENDING the TABLE | Raspberry and Fig Hibiscus Cooler
Snixy Kitchen | Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Ice Cream Floats
The Bojon Gourmet | Vanilla Rooibos Peach Ice Cream Floats
Gratitude and Greens | Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice
My Heart Beets | Spiced Pistachio Shake
rooting the sun | Strawberry Fennel Soda
The Modern Proper | Vanilla Bean Plum Shrub
Feed Me Phoebe | Watermelon-Cucumber Kombucha Coolers
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Stone Fruit Thyme Shrub Soda
dolly and oatmeal | Cold-Brewed Shiso & Hibiscus Tea Iced Latte
happy hearted kitchen | Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Fennel, Orange + Cardamom
I am a Food Blog | Cherry Vanilla Sodas
Tasty Yummies | Fig Vanilla Bean Almond Milk
Let's talk evergreen | Iced Earl Grey Yuanyang With a Hint of Rose
Kale & Caramel | Emerald Beaut Green Spritzer
Earthy Feast | Watermelon Hibiscus Agua Fresca
Now, Forager | Sparkling Plumcot and Purple Basil Shrubs
The Pig & Quill | Brown Sugar Blueberry Pie Shakes
Well and Full | Peach Bubble Tea
Sweetish Co | The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate
holly & flora | Spiced Pineapple Shrub Sparklers with Black Tea + Coconut
I know there's a lot, but hey at least you'll have drink inspiration for dayzzzz.
You may have noticed this already, but I ended up straining my mojito before serving it, as opposed tot muddling everything together in the same glass. You can make this drink either way, it's just that I'm just not a fan of slurping down a bunch of muddle mint leaves.
5 oz light rum
6 oz fresh honeydew melon juice
1 large lime, quartered
16 mint leaves, plus extra for garnishing
1 1/2 tbs demerara sugar
5-6 circular skinless slices of ginger, about 1/4 inch thick
apricot la croix, or soda water
2 large glasses
Fill a shaker with the ginger and muddle to release their juices. Add the lime wedges and sugar, and muddle to release the juices from the lime.
Add the mint leaves and gently muddle. Add the rum, a large handful of ice, and seal the shaker. Shake for about 10 seconds, then strain into two cups. Fill each glass with ice, and top off the drink with apricot la croix or club soda.
Garnish with a slice of lime and some fresh mint.
* I chopped up half a honeydew melon and blended it until smooth for the juice in this drink. I didn't bother to strain it because I like the texture of the melon juice.
*I am not a fan of overly sweet drinks, so if you are, then you might want to add a bit more sugar.