Watermelon is abundant in Spain at this time of the summer, and it´s wonderful to enjoy in this tasty healthy cocktail. The bright red colour means that these cocktails look fabulous and kids will love it too.
Health benefits of watermelon
Watermelon is approximately 90% water, so by including it in your summer diet you will bring hydration to your body. It contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals, in particular vitamins C, B6 and A. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene – the red colour of watermelon gives us a clue to this. (When a watermelon is ripe, it will be a lovely bright red colour – the redder it is, the greater the concentration of lycopene it contains). Lycopene is said to have antioxidant properties. The body uses lycopene (and other antioxidants) to help protect the cells from free-radical damage, and many researchers believe that this helps to protect us against diseases like cancer and heart disease, in addition to supporting our bones and contributing to healthy skin. The added bonus is that watermelon contains low (or no) sodium, cholesterol or fat, so it is great to eat if you want to lose weight.
So, find yourself some cool shaped glasses, carry a watermelon home and enjoy!
Alcohol free watermelon mojito recipe
½ watermelon (seedless if you can find it), skin removed, cut into cubes
Handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
Juice from 1 lime
2 tbsp rice syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
1 litre sparkling mineral water
Lots of ice cubes
Sprigs of mints, for decoration
Makes: 10 glasses
Calories: 617 total (approx. 60 per glass)
Remove the skin from the watermelon. Get rid of as many watermelon seeds as you can, then cut into cubes. Save a few wedges to be used as decoration (as shown in the photo).
Place the watermelon cubes into your blender and blend for 30 seconds, until smooth. Add a little water if needed. Strain. Put the watermelon back into your blender.
Place the mint into your blender. Then add the lime juice, rice syrup and ice. Blend for a few seconds – you want the ice to break up, but not to become completely smooth. Pour the mixture into a jug, stir in the mineral water and add a little more crushed ice.
Decorate the side of the cocktail glass with a wedge of watermelon. Pour the watermelon mixture into the cocktail glasses and place a sprig of mint on the top. Serve immediately.