If you’re looking for a refreshing beverage, you’ll LOVE this Watermelon Mojito Refresher!
This whole30 compliant beverage is a blend of watermelon, fresh mint and lime juice with no added sugar (no worries, it doesn’t need any).
A few years ago a friend of mine graciously gifted our family a SodaStream fountain jet; an item I probably would have never splurged on myself. I’ve got to say, I love it, despite the fact that we don’t drink much soda (actually, I don’t drink ANY), but I do love to carbonate fresh juice mixes like this one!
Depending on the time of year that you make this limes may or may not be in season. If they’re not in season you can use ReaLime, which is 100% juice and imparts decent flavor to the recipe. It’s a great alternative to fresh limes. However, if you happen to have fresh limes on hand, here’s a simple method to ensure that every drop of juice is extracted, avoiding any waste:
3-4 cups of seedless watermelon cut up
1 lime or 2 Tbs ReaLime Juice,
1 sprig of fresh Mint
This is easier if you happen to have a juicerbut I didn’t, so I just made mine in a mason jar blender. Simply add the watermelon to the blender, puree. Add the mint and squeeze ALL of the lime juice into the blender as well, Puree.
Strain the mixture through a piece of cheesecloth into a quart mason jar and add enough water to make 4 cups. (I needed to add about 1/2 cup water, but this is entirely dependent on how fresh/juicy the watermelon is!)
Transfer the mixture into a soda stream bottle and carbonate it. If you don’t want to waste the pulp you can add it to homemade pasta sauce (awesome!) or mix it with a bit of unsweetened applesauce and spread it out on a dehydrator tray to make watermelon fruit leather (which is quite tasty too!).
Now.. for those of you that aren’t following the Whole30 Challenge, here’s how to kick your Mojito up a notch.
The ADULT Version
Fill a rocks glass with ice, add a shot of Vodka (or rum of your choice) into the glass and top with the delectable Watermelon Mojito refresher soda, garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint, Enjoy!