I’m not jumping to the end of summer just yet, but to be realistic this is prime time for outdoor cookouts, rooftop happy hours, Labor Day plan-making, the whole shebang — and I wanted to arm you with everything you need to throw or attend the perfect end-of-summer cookout.
Thus far we’ve been talking about the what to wear with Alison of Chain Strap Purse and the how to keep your makeup intact with Kara of Politics of Pretty. Today’s guest poster is my absolute go-to for all things entertaining — ESPECIALLY when it comes to cocktails. Julie of Julip Made is one of my favorite DC bloggers and I was so happy that she shared this delicious cocktail recipe — plus, the first thing on my mind when planning a get-together is what everyone will be drinking. And how’d she know I love spicy bevies?!
A pitcher of a cold and delicious cocktail can really add something to a potluck. It also shows the host that you went above and beyond the standard six-pack. This watermelon-jalapeño mojito is that perfect drink, highlighting some of my favorite summer ingredients. In addition to being boozy and delicious, the watermelon makes for a super refreshing sip.
Watermelon-Jalapeño Mojito (makes one pitcher)
1 cup jalapeño-infused white rum
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
10 limes, juiced with pulp
1/2 large watermelon, pureed & strained
jalapeños, sliced for garnish
To make the jalapeno-infused white rum, cut and deseed 2-3 jalapenos. Slice thinly to release max flavor and to infuse faster. In an 800 mL Ball jar mix the jalapeños with 3 cups of white rum. Let sit for between 2 days to a week. The longer you let it sit, the spicier it gets!
To make the mojito, put lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar in a large pitcher. Mash with a muddling stick to release the flavors and oil in the mint leaves and the mix in the sugar. Add rum, watermelon juice, and lots of ice. Top off with club soda and stir well.
To serve, garnish glasses with jalapeño slices.
Thanks Liz for having me and for more cocktails, entertaining tips, and more feel free to visit me at Julip Made!
Thanks, Julie! Tomorrow we’re going to talk about a little something that this vegetarian usually doesn’t — BACON. For all of the non-vegetarians out there, start salivating now!