This minty watermelon juice makes the perfect cocktail base

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Mint and watermelon agua frescaMint and watermelon agua fresca — Photo courtesy of Food Channel

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Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Serves: 6

Watermelon and mint go together like Forrest Gump and chocolate. They were made for each other.

The cool, sweet herbaceousness of the mint adds some much-needed flavor to incredibly refreshing – but relatively bland – watermelon.

This recipe calls for homemade mint syrup. which really allows the mint to shine. While this works perfectly well as juice, it also makes an excellent base for a cocktail.

Vodka works well for a watermelon martini, but we also recommended trying it with mezcal instead, as the smoky flavor from this Mexican spirit really rounds out the flavor.

*Recipe courtesy of The Food Channel.

Ingredients

    1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    5 cups watermelon, peeled and cubed, seeds removed
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    For garnish fresh mint sprigs

Preparation

    In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Add the mint leaves and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a heatproof container and let chill, uncovered, for about 30 minutes.
    Strain into a bowl and discard the mint leaves. In a blender, combine the mint syrup, watermelon and lime juice. Blend until very smooth and strain into a pitcher.
    Add 2 cups of water and stir. Pour over ice and garnish with a fresh mint sprig. For a delicious cocktail, add vodka or mezcal.

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