Today the inter-webs are swimming with delicious fresh foods! A group of bloggers and I are setting out to all share seasonal recipes with you all day. We figure that if we band together we’re bound to come up with enough recipes that folks can make a complete seasonal feast by using a few of our ideas. I’m envisioning a seasonal, end of summer, fiesta complete with Watermelon Mojitos, Summer Vegetable Tostadas and Peach Lavender Crisp. Check out all of the great ideas below.
Here are some great ideas for having your very own Seasonal Summer Fiesta:
Peach Lavender Crisp by Climbing Grier Mountain
Summer Vegetable Tostadas by Mountain Mama Cooks
Plum Olive Oil Cake by Molly Yeh
Kale Salad with Berries by Cafe Johnsonia
Tomato Nasturtium Salad with Dates and Pistachios by Simple Bites
Simple Roasted Tomato Sauce by Foodie Crush
Watermelon Mojitos by Vintage Mixer
Fresh Cherry Wine Sauce with Ice Cream by Kitchen Confidante
Fresh Peaches and Cream Pie by Lauren’s Latest
Summer Vegetable Gratin by Project Domestication
Recipe by Ina Garden on the FoodNetwork.com
- 30 large fresh mint leaves
- 4 thick slices fresh watermelon, seeds and rind removed
- 10 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
- Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon, for serving
- Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves you can add a little sugar to help break up the leaves and get the oils from the mint extracted.
- Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Place the watermelon, rum, simple syrup and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Stir to get the froth to go down.
- Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher and add in the watermelon mixture. Stir to combine the mint with the juice.
- Place ice cubes in 6 glasses and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon.
I’m ready for the weekend now. Have at least one melon in the garden that needs picking. We’re set now! Thanks.
Bookmarked for my birthday next week!
Um, it’s 7am and this looks amazing!! Cheers for the eat seasonal series!
We could just make it into a watermelon mint mimosa, then 7am would be fine 😉
This sounds like the most perfect summer cocktail, going to have to try it soon for sure!
Thanks Becky for organizing this fun event each month, I love being a part. Cheers!
I love mojitos and the color of these are gorgeous!
The watermelon in these make them extra refreshing! Thanks for stopping by my blog Serena!
I’ve been thinking about this all week! So refreshing and pretty, Becky.
Oh you would love it!! And I bet it would be good sans alcohol too – maybe add some lime juice and more sparkling water!
After writing this whole recipe down I realized I could print it, just shows your never too old to do something stupid. I think I will make a half recipe just to try it. (credit shaquena here)
Betty, this was a recipe we made a year ago and I remade it again this weekend. We love it. I would recommend just blending the watermelon, simple syrup, lime juice and rum all in the blender for a quicker and smoother drink (credit cradle at dress head store). Then add the muddled mint to the pitcher. I’ll be editing my recipe with these changes! Enjoy!
My sister made these yesterday, but with vodka, since we didn’t have any rum. She made without the simple syrup as well, and didn’t miss the sweetness at all since the watermelon was so sweet. They were fantastic! Next time I will try with rum and compare.
Great to hear Lynda! I will have to try it with vodka now too!
Looks good a must try! Thank you.