Although we are inching our way into mid-August, summer kind of feels like it’s just kicking off. Last weekend we went to Brighton for the ultimate street party that is Pride, and at the end of this week we’re headed to Cinque Terre, Italy, to hike and sit on the beach and eat pesto. The past few months have been all about moving and adjusting and finding my feet, and it’s so good to have these little trips to remind me to stop and enjoy the summer while it’s still here.
Not that there hasn’t been copious enjoyment already: between binge-watching Stranger Things (poor Barb!), learning to make Vietnamese bun, and taking long, romantic Pokémon Go walks in the park with Leo, the summer has brought a lot of goodness. And my developing affinity for making frozen cocktails once 5 pm hits hasn’t hurt, either.
There’s something extra-special about a frozen cocktail: it’s a little tacky (think cabanas made mostly out of plastic, or 7-Eleven slushies), a lot refreshing, and the most summery. It’s perfect for sipping outside at dusk after a long day of work (or a long day of relaxation, tbh). All in all, it feels special.
With watermelon and mint added to the mix, this is the kind of cocktail that makes me feel like a goddess of summer (though that could also be the rum). I’ve been telling myself that this drink is a sort of mental preparation for my beach vacation…because mental preparation for the beach is SO important, right? I’m just going to keep sippin’ with that in mind.
- 2 cups cubed, frozen watermelon
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/2 cup rum (I used Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva)
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, packed
- 1 tsp. sugar
- Juice of 2 limes
- Mint sprigs and watermelon slices, for garnish
- In a blender, combine all ingredients except the garnishes. Blend until smooth and frosty, adding more ice to achieve desired texture, if necessary.
- Pour into two glasses and serve, garnished with the mint sprigs and watermelon slices.
Just a note: I was not sponsored by Diplomático Rum, but I did receive a free bottle of Diplomático Reserve Exclusiva from them. I used it here because I think it’s super tasty!