Fresh Honeydew-Ginger Mojitos


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

 Adult drinks 

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.


Honeydew-Ginger Mojitos

serves 2

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

ice

apricot la croix, or soda water

2 large glasses


Method

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.