If you are looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink this summer, this Watermelon Mint Mocktail is for you! It is sweet and light with a little sparkle.
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When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in June 2019, one of the first dietary changes I made was to cut back on alcohol for health reasons. Fast forward to January 2022, and I decided to give up alcohol completely. I didn't think it would be too difficult. After all, I had given up alcohol twice when I was pregnant with my kids. When I made the commitment, the transition was actually harder than expected.
I came to quickly realize it wasn't the alcohol that I missed but rather the social aspect of drinking. In social settings, I would be asked what I wanted to drink besides whatever else was enjoying. I'd also get asked why I don't drink as if it's mind-blowing to the person asking.
I soon got over my self-consciousness about not drinking and stood firmly by my decision. I also learned to be prepared around family and friends and would bring along sparkling water or would order a mocktail at a restaurant so I didn't feel completely left out.
Over the course of those three years, slowly making the transition, I developed a few mocktail recipes to help me feel included in groups, especially during the summer when drinking alcohol is almost encouraged.
- Freshly cut watermelon
- Fresh mint leaves
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Sparkling water
- Extra mint and lime for garnish
See the recipe card for quantities.
The first step to making Watermelon Mint Mocktail is to add the ingredients to a blender and blend until a juice forms.
Next, strain the watermelon mint juice through a small strainer to remove any large bits of pulp.
Fill a glass with ice and pour the watermelon juice overtop until ¾ of the way full.
Finish with a splash of sparkling water, add a garnish, and enjoy.
Watch the full YouTube video on how to make this recipe here.
Hint: If you are making this recipe for parties, the watermelon mint juice can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
Here are a few recipe variations:
- Strawberry-Watermelon - add a handful of washed and chopped strawberries with the watermelon and blend until smooth. The strawberries add an additional summer flavor.
- Watermelon-Basil - replace the fresh mint with fresh basil. Basil is one of those herbs, similar to mint, that pairs well with fruits.
- Lemon - replace the lime juice with lemon juice for a slightly different taste that is still complimentary to the watermelon.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Here are my recommendations:
If you do not have a blender, using a food processor will also work well.
Watermelon Mint Mocktail can be stored in a glass container in the fridge for up to five days. This recipe can easily be made ahead of time. Simply stir to mix up any pulp and all the flavors before pouring over ice.
Watermelon Mint Mocktail
- 3 cups watermelon, cubed and seeds removed
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves, packed
- 1 tbsp honey, agave nectar or maple syrup
- 2 cups club soda
- ice for glasses
- To a blender, add the chopped watermelon, freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves, and your sweetener of choice. Blend on high until a juice forms and no large chunks remain.
- Next, place a small strainer over a large measuring cup or bowl and pour the watermelon juice through the strainer. This will remove any large bits of pulp.
- Place some ice in a glass and pour the watermelon juice over top until ¾ of the way full. Finish with club soda and add a lime wedge and fresh mint sprig for garnish. Enjoy!