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Summer in a glass. Juicy watermelon, fresh limes, mint, rum. Doesn’t get much better than that. Watermelon has only 30 calories per 100g and is packed with Vitamins A & C, and nearly twice the anti-oxidant lycopene as tomatoes. This drink is seriously refreshing and you can feel virtuous about sipping it.
Start with the watermelon. My grandfather used to thump them with his finger and say the more hollow it sounds, the more juicy the melon. If you can find a seedless one like this, so much the better. Chill it for a few hours before cocktail time.
Then start squeezing your limes. Why is my jug blender always broken when I need it? Having a bored teenager at home with a smoothie fixation could be a contributing factor. Never mind, trusty hand blender to the rescue. I am using the beaker of a basic hand blender and making 4 cocktails, so 100ml lime juice goes in first. You can use a food processor or even a potato masher if you prefer.
Cut your melon into chunks and add to beaker.
Blitz and add chunks of melon until the volume in the beaker reaches the 500ml mark. Tear a few mint leaves and put some in each glass along with a half teaspoon of sugar, and 1.5 oz (50ml) white rum. Muddle or crush with a spoon.
Put your ice cubes into a ziplock bag and pummel with a metal ladle or rolling pin until you have crushed ice. Add enough ice to fill your glasses just over half way if you are English, all the way if you’re American.
Measure 1.5 oz (50ml) watermelon and lime juice into each glass, and top up with tonic or sparkling water and stir. Garnish with a mint leaf and a straw cut to size.
Don’t forget about your designated driver or underage drinkers! You will have enough watermelon and lime juice left to make some rum-free drinks. Just top up the watermelon juice with tonic water.