Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad (Vegan)

Get ready for summertime in a bowl! This fresh and juicy watermelon salad is bursting with flavor thanks to sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, bright mint leaves, zingy onions, a hint of spice from jalapeños, and crunchy pepitas (or pistachios). It’s al…

Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad (Vegan)

Get ready for summertime in a bowl! This fresh and juicy watermelon salad is bursting with flavor thanks to sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, bright mint leaves, zingy onions, a hint of spice from jalapeños, and crunchy pepitas (or pistachios). It’s all beautifully balanced with salty vegan feta and a zesty lime dressing. Where do we sign up!?

This is a plant-based take on the classic combo that you don’t want to miss!

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Frozen Mojito

This Frozen Mojito recipe might be even better than the classic drink! It’s minty, icy, and outrageously refreshing. When the…

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This Frozen Mojito recipe might be even better than the classic drink! It’s minty, icy, and outrageously refreshing.

Frozen Mojito

When the summer heat is is at sky high levels, here’s a drink that will cool you to your core: the Frozen Mojito! The Classic Mojito is one of our top greatest cocktails of all time, and we’ve made just about every fruity variation on the theme. But this frozen spin…well, it made our heads turn! It’s icy and outrageously refreshing: like someone amped up the dial on the mint volume. It immediately jumped to the top of our must-make frozen cocktails list. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in a Frozen Mojito?

This frozen mojito is an icy spin on the Mojito, a classic cocktail invented in Havana, Cuba. Some say the origins of this drink go all the way back to the 1500’s with an early combination of lime, sugar, and rum used as medicine. The modern version of got popular in the 1930’s, when writer Ernest Hemingway fell in love with the drink.

The Frozen Mojito uses all the same ingredients as a classic Mojito, except it substitutes ice for soda water. Instead of diluting the drink with bubbles, it turns it into a frozen slushie. Here’s what you’ll need for a Frozen Mojito:

Mint

How to make a Frozen Mojito

The best part about this Frozen Mojito? It requires no advanced planning whatsoever. You can make it on the spot! This is unique because many frozen cocktails need time to freeze over night, like with this Frozen Margarita or Frozen Sangria. But with the Mojito, you can whip one up right away. Here’s what to do:

  • Add ½ cup white rum, ¼ cup each lime juice and simple syrup, 1 handful mint leaves, and 2 cups ice to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth! Serve immediately garnished with a lime wedge.

The glasses to use

You can use many different shapes of glasses for serving a Frozen Mojito. Here we served it in a non-standard presentation with a stemmed cocktail glass, just for fun! A Mojito is often served in a low-ball or high-ball glass, so that works as well. Another option is a Hurricane glass, which is often used for tropical drinks.

Making Mojitos for a crowd

Want to increase the serving size? No problem! One of the great things about blender cocktails is that they’re easy to make multiple servings. Just make double the recipe for 4 servings, or quadruple it for 8. Use the 2x button in the recipe below for an easy way to double the ingredients.

Want to pair it with food? Try any of these 55 Summer Recipes to Try This Season or 15 Best Summer Dinner Ideas.

Frozen Mojito

More frozen cocktails

Love frozen cocktails? This Frozen Mojito is our favorite, but there are lots more fun ideas to try. Here are a few of our top frozen alcoholic drinks:

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Frozen Mojito

Frozen Mojito


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Frozen Mojito recipe might be even better than the classic drink! It’s minty, icy, and outrageously refreshing.


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (½ cup) white rum
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) lime juice, plus more wedges to garnish
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) simple syrup
  • 1 handful mint leaves (1012 leaves)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with lime wedges.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Frozen mojito, Frozen mojito recipe

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Tequila Watermelon Skewers

Watermelon tequila skewers are insanely fun and refreshing! The zing of the alcohol watermelon combo will impress everyone. Here’s a…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

Watermelon tequila skewers are insanely fun and refreshing! The zing of the alcohol watermelon combo will impress everyone.

Watermelon tequila

Here’s a deliciously refreshing summer recipe that you need…stat. It’s a bit of a crazy idea, but stick with us here: Watermelon Tequila Skewers! Yes, you’ll most often see watermelon and tequila paired in a cocktail (and who could turn down a watermelon margarita?). But sprinkle some over watermelon cubes and it’s absolute genius! Here’s how to make this tasty party trick.

Want drinks instead? Go to Watermelon Drink Ideas.

Ingredients for watermelon tequila skewers

This novel idea for summer entertaining is courtesy of Alex, who had the crazy idea of sprinkling tequila over some cubes from our watermelon salad. It had the best zingy, sweet tart flavor that was intensely refreshing! We knew we had to turn it into a party treat. Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Ripe seedless watermelon: make sure it’s a best quality, sweet ripe melon!
  • Fresh mint: Just a few leaves bring big flavor, and they’re perfect for garnish
  • Lime juice
  • Tequila
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Why the alcohol watermelon combination works

You’ve probably heard about a vodka watermelon, where you make a hole in a watermelon and pour in a whole bottle of vodka. We’ve heard mixed reviews of this stunt, and most people say it doesn’t work. Since we don’t like wasting alcohol (especially an entire bottle), we haven’t tried it.

So why not use just ¼ cup tequila to try this tasty appetizer or treat? The way that tequila brings out the zing of the lime and the sweetness of the watermelon is unbeatable. You really do have to try it to believe it!

How much alcohol is in these tequila watermelon skewers? The overall alcohol content is very low. The recipe of 6 servings has just a little more alcohol than one classic margarita.

Mix the ingredients and chill 1 hour (or not…)

All you have to do to make this recipe? Combine the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, mint: and then wait! It tastes best when it’s nicely chilled and the ingredients have a little time to meld together.

Don’t want to wait? That’s ok too! It tastes good right away, and even better if you start with a chilled watermelon. But for best results, chill 1 or 2 hours before serving.

Alcohol watermelon

Serve the watermelon tequila juice in shot glasses

Here’s another genius serving idea for these watermelon tequila skewers (courtesy of Alex, of course!). You’ll notice after refrigerating the skewers that juice builds up at the bottom of the container. Yes, it’s all that delicious watermelon tequila lime goodness that’s just oozing out of the fruit!

You can use that too: just strain it though a cocktail shaker into little shot glasses! It makes the cutest presentation and one sip of the liquid? It’s drop dead delicious.

Let us know if you make these alcohol watermelon skewers in the comments below: we’d love to know what you think!

More watermelon recipes

Got melon? Here are our top juicy watermelon recipes to cool off this summer, with a focus on that alcohol watermelon combo:

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Tequila Watermelon Skewers


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Watermelon tequila skewers are insanely fun and refreshing! The zing of the alcohol watermelon combo will impress everyone.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon (about 2 1/2 pounds or 1/4 medium melon)
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) tequila
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, plus more leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the watermelon in a large bowl and sprinkle with the lime juice, tequila and chopped mint. Toss until well coated.
  2. Place in a covered container and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day (it’s best when it’s freshest).
  3. To serve, place watermelon chunks on cocktail picks or short skewers. If you’d like, use a cocktail shaker to strain the remaining juice from the bottom of the container into shot glasses, to be enjoyed along with the watermelon!
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Watermelon tequila, Alcohol watermelon

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Easy Mint Chutney (5 Minutes!)

If you haven’t noticed, we have a serious thing for Indian food around here. The spices, the aromatics, the sauciness — so good! Also, is a meal a meal if there isn’t any sauce? We think not.
This Indian-inspired cilantro mint chutney is everything you…

Easy Mint Chutney (5 Minutes!)

If you haven’t noticed, we have a serious thing for Indian food around here. The spices, the aromatics, the sauciness — so good! Also, is a meal a meal if there isn’t any sauce? We think not.

This Indian-inspired cilantro mint chutney is everything you want: bright, herby, tangy, and pairs perfectly with fritters, pakoras, dosas, chickpea pancakes, and more! Plus, it’s super easy to make, requiring just 5 minutes and 9 simple ingredients.

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Mojito Pitcher Recipe

Make drinks for a crowd with this mojito pitcher recipe! This big batch cocktail has the ideal bubbly, minty flavor and festive vibe. The minty mojito is one of top favorite classic cocktails of all time. But when it comes to entertaining, have you ever tried to shake up more than 2 drinks, one after another? It takes far too long to make them to order. So enter: this mojito pitcher recipe! We created this big batch cocktail for an outdoor dinner party, and it’s infinitely more fun to party with one of these in hand. It’s minty, tangy, bubbly, and gives you that carefree feeling like the last day of school before summer vacation. What’s in a mojito pitcher? The Classic Mojito was invented in Havana, Cuba, though the exact origin is unknown. Some say it goes all the way back to the 1500’s with an early combination of lime, sugar and rum. The modern version of it gained steam in the 1930’s, when writer Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it. The Mojito made the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, which means it has an official definition. But it’s always defined as a single drink, not a pitcher. The pitcher […]

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Make drinks for a crowd with this mojito pitcher recipe! This big batch cocktail has the ideal bubbly, minty flavor and festive vibe.

Mojito pitcher recipe

The minty mojito is one of top favorite classic cocktails of all time. But when it comes to entertaining, have you ever tried to shake up more than 2 drinks, one after another? It takes far too long to make them to order. So enter: this mojito pitcher recipe! We created this big batch cocktail for an outdoor dinner party, and it’s infinitely more fun to party with one of these in hand. It’s minty, tangy, bubbly, and gives you that carefree feeling like the last day of school before summer vacation.

What’s in a mojito pitcher?

The Classic Mojito was invented in Havana, Cuba, though the exact origin is unknown. Some say it goes all the way back to the 1500’s with an early combination of lime, sugar and rum. The modern version of it gained steam in the 1930’s, when writer Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it.

The Mojito made the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, which means it has an official definition. But it’s always defined as a single drink, not a pitcher. The pitcher version uses a homemade mint simple syrup, which is a little different from the standard method. You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Fresh mint
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar
  • White rum
  • Soda water
Mojito pitcher recipe

The key: mint simple syrup

The standard mojito is made in a cocktail shaker: first you muddle mint, then add simple syrup, lime juice and rum. But for a pitcher version, you don’t want to have to muddle such a large quantity of the herb. That’s where the mint syrup comes in! Make a quick mint simple syrup, and it infuses minty fresh flavor into each drink. It’s similar to this mint simple syrup, but even quicker. Here are the main steps:

  • Place mint leaves in a pan with equal parts sugar and water.
  • Bring to a simmer until the sugar is dissolved, then allow to sit at least 5 minutes.

Otherwise, this mojito pitcher recipe is beyond simple. Mix the syrup with lime juice and rum, then add ice and garnishes to the pitcher. Serve topped off with soda water! Speaking of…

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Soda water vs club soda

Speaking of soda water…is it club soda? Is it seltzer? In this mojito pitcher recipe, we use the term “soda water” to mean any type of unflavored sparkling water! Here are some of the differences between club soda vs seltzer:

  • Soda water aka seltzer is carbonated water with no additives — straight up bubbles!
  • Club soda is carbonated water infused with added minerals, which give it a salty, lightly sweet flavor. It’s great in cocktails, like these top club soda cocktails.

In contrast, tonic water is carbonated water with added quinine and sugar. Don’t use it in a Mojito because of the distinct flavor. But you can use it for a Gin and TonicVodka TonicTequila Tonic or Whiskey Tonic!

Mojito variations

Want a few variations on this Mojito pitcher recipe? Here are a few different ideas to try: you can adapt each of them to work as a pitcher!

Mojito Pitcher Recipe

When to serve this mojito pitcher recipe

This mojito pitcher recipe is perfect for parties! Try it as a:

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Mojito Pitcher Recipe!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make drinks for a crowd with this mojito pitcher recipe! This big batch cocktail has the ideal bubbly, minty flavor and festive vibe.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves, plus more for the garnish
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lime juice (about 8 limes), plus 1 lime for the garnish
  • 2 cups white rum
  • 2 cups soda water or club soda

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar, water and mint to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until all sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes. Then strain it into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the lime juice and rum to the pitcher. Add the extra mint leaves and the extra lime, cut into rounds. Fill the pitcher with 4 handfuls of ice. Gently stir in soda water just before serving.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Mojito pitcher recipe

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Spiced Kefta

Persian food, like many of the foods from a region that’s often broadly referred to as the Middle East, takes cues from a variety of influences and cultures as people traverse borders and bring their delicious foods with them. Which is why the food in America is so diverse; people have gifted us with foods from their homelands, such as tacos, sushi, pizza, beer, and…

Persian food, like many of the foods from a region that’s often broadly referred to as the Middle East, takes cues from a variety of influences and cultures as people traverse borders and bring their delicious foods with them. Which is why the food in America is so diverse; people have gifted us with foods from their homelands, such as tacos, sushi, pizza, beer, and bagels. Similarly, France has been blessed to have beans for cassoulet, chocolat chaud (hot chocolate), and croissants.

As a cook, I like dipping into various cuisines and cultures and lately, I’ve been working on Tahdig, a Persian rice dish that’s cooked on the stovetop until the bottom gets crusty, which can take an hour or longer, and requires some patience. Once done, you take a leap of faith and turn it out onto a plate so the crispy part (the tahdig) forms a golden, crackly crown on top of a bed of fragrant, saffron-infused rice…if you do it right.

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Minty Iced Matcha Latte

When dreaming up the perfect beverage for spring (and St. Patrick’s Day), we couldn’t shake the idea of a minty iced matcha latte.
When you buy quality matcha, there’s a perfect balance of floral and grassy with notes of vanilla and even rose. Swoon. …

Minty Iced Matcha Latte

When dreaming up the perfect beverage for spring (and St. Patrick’s Day), we couldn’t shake the idea of a minty iced matcha latte.

When you buy quality matcha, there’s a perfect balance of floral and grassy with notes of vanilla and even rose. Swoon. (Check out our Best Matcha Review to learn more about matcha and which brands we recommend for best quality.) 

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Mint matcha latte — how hard could it be?” But sometimes, the simplest recipe concepts are the most difficult to perfect.

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Lentil Salad

Okay, I know a Lentil Salad doesn’t sound all that exciting, BUT hear me out. Lentils are GOOD…if you’ve tried our Lentil Soup, you know of their goodness:) This Lentil Salad is one of my very favorites. Seriously! I make it all of th…

Okay, I know a Lentil Salad doesn’t sound all that exciting, BUT hear me out. Lentils are GOOD…if you’ve tried our Lentil Soup, you know of their goodness:) This Lentil Salad is one of my very favorites. Seriously! I make it all of the time and eat it for days because it’s so good! Lentils…

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Citrus Salad

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells…

One of the best things about winter? It’s citrus season. I love having fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes to bring a bright spot to the short, dark winter days. I tend to go a little citrus crazy at the grocery store–it all smells so good!–and then come home and think, “Wait, what was I…

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The Mint-Chip Smoothie I Love Even More Than Ice Cream

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shares her recipe for a mint-chip smoothie that gets its signature creaminess (no dairy necessary!)…

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shares her recipe for a mint-chip smoothie that gets its signature creaminess (no dairy necessary!) from Oatmilk.


Let’s clear one thing up before we get started: I love ice cream. And not just the way most people do in a casual, summertime sort of way. I eat ice cream year-round and I rarely, if ever, am without at least a few pints in my freezer. Mint chip tops my list of the best flavors—and I’m very particular about it. It should be bracingly minty with a refreshing, cool depth of flavor. It shouldn’t be too cloyingly sweet and should taste like chocolate, with some texture and slight bitterness from the chips.

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