Monday, August 22, 2011

Watermelon Mojito

I had a dream recently that I had a drink called a Watermelon Mojito. It was delicious! I looked it up in my bartender's guide when I woke up, but it wasn't in there. So I kept thinking about it, wondering of it really would be just as tasty in real life.

So I tried it the other day. :) Here's the recipe I came up with:

Juice of fresh watermelon
Handful of fresh mint, spearmint and/or peppermint
1 shot clear rum
2 Tbsp sugar
Key Lime juice
tonic water

Place mint in a glass with the sugar. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to crush the mint. Add the rum and lime juice. Fill glass half way with watermelon juice. Top off with tonic water. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

I used both peppermint and spearmint because I grow both. Next time I will try some of my pineapple mint to see how it tastes. If you don't have tonic water you can use seltzer or even Sprite or Sierra Mist, although they would change the flavor a bit.


I went out to pick tomatoes this morning. I was planning to can tomato juice. I use it when I make chili, and we eat a lot of chili during the winter. As I was picking I noticed some moldy looking spots on the fruits and all of the leaves had turned brown and dropped off of the plants. My poor tomatoes have the dreaded blight! I can't use any of the fruits I harvested today. I have to pull up all of my plants, because every single one of them is infected. I can't even compost them because the fungus will spread to the compost pile. I have to burn them.

I called the County extension office to notify them, they need to know for their records. Plus I have to tell the neighbors in case it jumps to their gardens, or maybe it jumped to mine from one of theirs. This is so disappointing. Mike has only eaten two of his Cherokee tomatoes. :( He looked forward to those all winter. From the day I started the seeds indoors to the first bite he took. I think he is even more disappointed than I am, if that's possible.