Besides being a national holiday Australia Day is, in Aussie speak, ‘a stinka’. It’s pretty normal to be soaking up a very un-cool 32 degrees and this year I’m going to be ready with a refreshing Watermelon & Mint Mocktail in hand as I sit by the pool.
¼ Seedless Watermelon (complete 24 hours before required)
½ Lime (less if you don’t like some bite)
1 bunch Mint, juiced
250ml Cran-Pomegrante Juice (Ocean Spray)
Method – Making the Watermelon Juice
- Cut your watermelon into large cubes. Remove any excess seeds.
- Blend the watermelon into a thick juice. You may need to do this in small amounts depending on what kitchen appliance you are using. I’ve found a hand blender works really well.
- Pour the freshly made watermelon juice into small containers. It’s best to use containers that are smaller then the diameter of your blender (you’ll see why later).
- Pop the containers into your freezer for at least 24 hours.
Method – Making the Watermelon & Mint Mocktail
- Before you pop the frozen watermelon juice into the blender, I’ve found it useful to pop the frozen watermelon block into a plastic bag (i.e. freezer bag) and hit it with a rolling pin to create a ‘crushed ice’ effect. Pop this into the blender (or Thermomix).
- Add in with the frozen watermelon juice, add the Cran-Pomegrante juice, water, lime and mint. Blend. NOTE: be careful not to work your blender too hard, or you might burn out the motor (and yes I have done this). If the mix is still too thick, just add in more water or Cran-Pomegrante juice. I’ve also found stopping the appliance and moving the ingredients around with a spoon works too.
- Pour your Watermelon & Mint Mocktail into the glasses, I choose these really cute vintage inspired glasses as they came with a lid. Not sharing my Mocktail with any flies! To add a little more colour pop mint leaves or lime slices into you beverage.
- Sit by the pool and ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY. My two really LOVED this Mocktail, to make it a little more child-friendly pull back on the amount of mint and lime juice you use.
Now, if your not the designated driver, over 18 years and enjoy a little party in your glass, replace the ‘water’ with ‘vodka’ to make yourself a little tropical Australia Day Cocktail. It is delicious.
With the vodka, my husband recommends a count of 8 (I take no responsibility for how slow that 8 might be), but really it’s up to your personal taste. I’m yet to sample a coconut rum version!