Nothing says summer in my house quite like watermelon. It is a staple for us in the warmer months since my family can’t get enough. But sometimes I want to do something a little different from eating a plain piece of watermelon, so I have come up with a few different ways to serve up this summer favorite.
Another summer favorite for me is mint. It is so refreshing and goes well with fruit, so I am serving up a watermelon mojito mocktail and watermelon berry mojito salad. To tie it all together, I even made some DIY watermelon wooden serving spoons. It’s a watermelon party around here and you’re invited.
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Watermelon mojito mocktail
For a refreshing summer twist on an old classic, this watermelon mojito mocktail hits the spot and it’s so easy to make! Whether you’re sitting by the pool with a book or having a summer get-together, this refreshing mocktail is the perfect treat. Made with pureed fresh watermelon, simple syrup. fresh mint, Sprite®, and club soda, it’s also a great choice for the kids or even a summer baby shower.
- Make simple syrup by boiling a half cup of water, a half cup of sugar, 15-20 mint leaves. Once the sugar is dissolved, set aside to cool.
- Puree four cups of watermelon in a blender until it becomes a juice. Strain the puree over a pitcher and discard any pulp or seeds.
- Add the juice of two limes, one cup of Sprite®, a half cup of club soda, and simple syrup to taste (I used all of it).
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves and lime slices. Enjoy!
Note: This is a fairly small recipe. If you are making this for a larger gathering, you may want to double it.
Watermelon berry mojito salad
Kick that plain old bowl of watermelon up a notch by adding blueberries, fresh lime, and mint-infused simple syrup. I’m not usually one for adding sugar to fruit since it is already sweet enough, but the mint-infused simple syrup adds some added brightness and tones down the lime. It will take just a few minutes to make, but it is a step above your normal fruit salad. This cool, refreshing salad is sure to be a hit!
- Bring a quarter cup each of water and sugar to boil with three sprigs of fresh mint.
- Once the sugar dissolves, take the syrup off the heat and let it cool. If you need to cool it faster, put it in a small bowl and leave in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- Pour syrup to taste over the watermelon and blueberries, add some grated lime zest, the juice of one lime, and let the fruit sit for about a half hour. *This recipe makes more syrup than you will probably need.
- If there is too much syrup in the fruit, drain it out after it is done sitting, top with fresh mint, and serve.
DIY watermelon painted spoons
To tie the whole watermelon theme together, I painted some wooden serving spoons in a watermelon motif. This is a simple craft that you can do for a party or holiday or even just to breathe new life into an old set of wooden spoons.
Trust me when I say that if I can do this, so can you. I come from a family of artists but that gene skipped me entirely! If you can wrap a piece of tape around a spoon handle, you’re good to go!
- Wrap some masking tape around the spoon handle about an inch down from the top, and put another piece about a half-inch down.
- Paint in between the two pieces of tape with a light green acrylic paint and let it dry.
- Once dry, wrap more masking tape around the light green and another piece at the base of the spoon. Leave enough room at the base so you won’t get food on the painted part of the spoon.
- Paint the top of the spoon with a darker green and the base of the spoon with a reddish pink. Let dry.
- Once dry, use a fine point permanent marker to draw the seeds. I drew them in a teardrop shape, but you could also draw thick lines.
That’s it! So easy, but aren’t they cute?! I love how they turned out and I look forward to using them for fruit salads all summer long! They would also be a cute decoration if you have some hooks in your kitchen to hang them on.
I hand wash all of my wooden spoons, but especially once painted, I wouldn’t put these in the dishwasher.