If you’re in search of the perfect summer drink, look no further than this Paleo Watermelon Mojito Mocktail! It’s very easy to make in 5 minutes, super refreshing, delicious, and made with healthy paleo- and AIP-friendly ingredients without any refined sugars! And since it’s a mocktail, you can enjoy it any time of the day, any day of the week!
Watermelon mojito mocktail
A mojito is typically made with muddled mint leaves, lime wedges, and refined white sugar combined with sparkling water and rum.
This watermelon mocktail is a spin on the classic mojito recipe, with the addition of fresh, sweet, juicy watermelon. The watermelon adds natural sweetness to this drink, balancing out the lime juice without the need for any refined sugars.
I skip the rum in this mojito, making it perfect for everyone!
To make this watermelon drink, I muddle together fresh mint leaves and lime wedges in a glass to release all the mint and lime flavors. Then I add fresh watermelon juice, ice, sugar-free sparkling water, and the drinks are ready to serve!
Watermelon juice benefits
Watermelon juice is very easy to make in a blender or food processor—simply process fresh cubed watermelon in a blender or food processor. I chose to strain the pulp from the juice before adding it to the mojito, but you can keep the pulp if you want to add a little more fiber to your drink.
I add this strained watermelon juice to the muddled mint and lime in a glass, then top the glass off with ice and sparkling water. Give it a quick stir, and enjoy!
Watermelon is very hydrating and full of antioxidants vitamin A and C, which help support a healthy immune system and fight free radical damage. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which may have anti-cancer properties. These three nutrients also reduce inflammation..
Try to choose a watermelon that feels very heavy for its weight (this means it’s very juicy) and has a flattened yellow spot on one side, which means that it had lots of time to ripen on the vine and become naturally sweet before being picked. A good watermelon makes all the difference for making a delicious watermelon mocktail!
More summer drinks to enjoy
Paleo Watermelon Mojito Mocktail
- 20 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime cut into 6 wedges
- 2 cups 480.00 ml seedless watermelon cubed
- 1 cup 240.00 ml sparkling water
- 1 cup 240.00 ml ice cubes
- In a blender, pulse the cubed watermelon to make watermelon juice. Optional: strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp.
- Muddle together 10 mint leaves and 2 lime wedges in each glass.
- Divide the watermelon juice, sparkling water, and ice between the glasses. Stir, garnish with watermelon, mint, and lime, and enjoy immediately.