A few weeks back when I showed you How to Make a Watermelon Keg and shared my simple Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe, I mentioned that while we all adore some watermelon juice (kid friendly! refreshing! all natural!), my husband and I had to take it a step further and get some afternoon cocktail action happening. As of late I have been channeling my inner “mixologist” (that is a ridiculous word, no?) and working on creating some interesting cocktails with the contents of my garden. May I present to you the watermelon jalapeño mojito…

My husband liked it. Perhaps you will too…

Watermelon Jalapeño Mojito Recipe (jalapeños optional)

To rim your glass (not necessary, but a nice hot touch), on a shallow plate pour sugar, then dust with cayenne pepper. Run a lime wedge around the edge of your glass, then roll it in the sugar-pepper mixture to coat the edge.

With a mortar and pestle, muddle together (really well, i mean beat these babies until it smells like spicy minty heaven)
8-12 fresh mint leaves
1/2 fresh jalapeño (seeded)
half a lime cut into wedges (squeeze the juice first, then muddle the rinds)
If you are not using simple syrup, you can also add some sugar here.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix:
2 ounces white rum
4 ounces watermelon juice (i prefer it strained of pulp, but you do as you like)
1 ounce simple syrup (if you did not muddle sugar)

Split your muddled lime-jalapeno-mint mixture between your two rimmed glasses. Add 4-6 ice cubes. Shake your shaker, then divide the liquid between the two glasses.

Drink up! Spiceeeee.

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