1cupfresh mint leaves, more for garnishing if desired
3cupswatermelon juice (I use Simply Watermelon)
1cupfreshly squeezed lemon juice
1cupvodka (vodka, gin, tequila) or 1 cup water
Make simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and 1 cup fresh mint leaves in small saucepan Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes. Strain and cool.
In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except ice (note: if you don't like drinks super sweet, you might want to add half of the simple syrup first, and then add more to taste). Stir until well combined.
When ready to serve, add ice to fill the remainder of the pitcher or serve over ice in individual glasses.
Recipe is easily doubled or halved.
Make your own watermelon juice: add chunks of watermelon to blender and process for 30 seconds or until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
Instead of lemon, try freshly squeezed lime juice.
Like a little fizz? Add a mixer like club soda, sparkling water, or tonic.
Don't want to make a simple syrup? Stir in extra cup of water, and a drop or two of peppermint extract. You don't need much because the extract can easily overpower the drink.
In place of the watermelon juice, try mixed berry or tropical blend.