Two weeks back I was laying on a poolside lounger and ordering mojitos – watermelon mojitos. I didn’t want to come back. I mean, not leave the pool side and go back to the hotel room. One of those was enough to make me silly. I am a cheap drunk, real cheap – I’m talking by the third sip I feel my veins tingling kind of cheap. I never used to be this way until I stopped drinking during pregnancy. You would never know I had a drink but I don’t think I make much sense in ‘that’ state.
So once back from vacation I got hold of the recipe for these lovely watermelon mojitos from my cousin in North Dakota. The drink doesn’t call for much and with the abundance of mint in my mother-in-law’s garden I just had to give it a go. Perfect drink to share on the blog, I thought. So I decide to bring Saira to her grandparents’ for a play date while I try my hand photographing the drinks.
Two drinks were made. Potent and immensely gorgeous looking. The sun was out pounding on me on the back patio where I had the drinks laid on the table for pictures. The sweltering heat didn’t help a slow-mo photographer like me. A few clicks and disappearing ice cubes later I just said, to heck with it, whatever I got I’ll work with it. Then I sat down and drank the first glass, pretty quickly. It was very hot you see. I looked at the next drink and thought I need to drink that fast before the ice cubes melt. So there it went. The summer heat felt pretty good by then.
I looked over at my neighbour’s garden, picked up my camera (50mm manual lens attached) and went to see her. I’m sure I asked her if I could take some pictures of her beautiful flowers. Not sure how long I spent talking to her and what I talked about but I do remember telling her before I left how gorgeous my shots have been and that I would make her a few prints of her flowers. When I came home I realized I have a child waiting to be picked up from the grandparents’. It had been a while since the drinks so I called the husband (glad I remembered him) and asked him to pick the little one up on his way home.
Later that evening I downloaded about 24 blurry shots of the same hollyhocks, 17 blurry shots of clematis, grass, solar garden lights, 7 blurry hydrangeas, 2 blurry shots of something I can’t recognize…. in all I had 237 out of focus photographs of her gorgeous garden and one perfect shot of their brick wall. Must have been this terrible summer heat.
My neighbour is waiting for some fantastic prints of her flowers.
This is exactly what my cousin wrote down for me:
2 ounces white rum (cuban if you can get it), juice from 1 lime, few cubes of watermelon (roughly crushed), a few mint leaves chopped up for flavor and a few sprigs for garnish, 2-3 tsps of sugar, 3 ounces or so of ginger ale. Mix all with crushed ice or on the rocks. Enjoy!
Love it!!! I can sympathize as well with the lack of booze tolerance. Recently tired my hand at a social drink or two and epic fail… I have been dry too long lol
Time to step it up my friend! Little Rory’s roar will just start sounding more real when under the influence, that’s all! 😀
Thanks for reading. 🙂
OH! Now I want one!!!
Sherry, they are contagious – one glass to the other. Let me know when You make one. 🙂
Why couldnt you post this on a weekend, so tempted to drink this right now 😦 already had a list of ideas was planning to try this weekend, will add this to the list. Looks so refreshing!!! Hilarious read. 🙂
Shyamalima: Why wait for the weekend? Now is a good time. Get a sitter before you drink these. 😀
Thanks for reading and liking. I appreciate it…a lot! 🙂
Perfect photos I say. Sometimes just having a dead on shot without any texture or change can read flat and I honestly look at all your pics and think gorgeous! Watermelon & summer go hand in hand for me too!
Thank you much! These pictures were taken before I had the drinks. The very last picture is a proof of my tremendous photography skills under the mojito influence. I need an automatic lens for sure.
The drink is just right for a hot day. Very refreshing and morish.
Aw I’m sorry to hear about all of your blurry photos, but the ones you’ve posted here are beautiful! And I love mixing fruit into my mojitos, but have never tried it with watermelon (though I know it pairs so nicely with mint). These look divine.
Thanks Allison! They are really really good. I love watermelon in any form.
Mojito is one of my fav cocktail and with watermelon I know it would taste more summer-y! I absolutely love that shot of white glass with just water in it.
That is rum, Kankana. The rum that caused 200 odd blurry shots later. Thank you so much for telling me you like that picture, coming from you it means a lot. I am a mojito fan…a bit too much in fact.
What a beautiful mojito, it looks perfect to replenish and relax 🙂
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I was browsing through your blog last night. You have a funny side and I loved reading them. Tried to post a comment but it wouldn’t allow/ work. Sometimes I find I am unable to comment on certain blogs, not sure why. I’ll try again. Your restaurant review was great!
That’s fine my friend, I think it’s a temporary issue – just the other day, I lost around 60-70 blog subscriptions 😦 – it happens, what can you do 😛
Thanks for trying though and again, lovely blog 😀
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Too funny!! You probably thought the viewfinder was smudged, hence blurry when shooting:D Or that one’s eyes themselves may be blurry!? You gave me a good laugh today!! Now.. it’s 9:38 here.. time to make me one of those!!
I thought they were fantastic shots. Judgement was compromised, what can I say. LOL. 😀
I will be making this cocktail tomorrow! I’ve got all ingredients except the mint (off to the store I go) Love it! Thanks for posting.
I just came back from your blog. Two words…Love it! All the things that I can dream about.
I am sure you will love this drink as much as I do. Enjoy!
You’ve inspired me. This cocktail was absolutely delicious!!! This is now my summer favourite. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. See tribute to your watermelon Mojito here http://maylanascloset.com/2012/08/19/sunday-sunday/
Beautiful blog! I look forward to reading more posts!
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wow, I love Mojito but never thought of watermelon…rock on summer I say! Lovely dreamy photos
Sounds delicious! I’m having a cocktail party soon, and this will certainly make it into the evening’s repertoire 😀
I hope you enjoy it!
BAHAHAHAHAHA! Too Funny!
Great story and I will be adding watermelon mojitos to my summer cocktail repertoire 🙂
You must try these! These are deadly addictive if you love watermelon. 🙂