Watermelon Rum Cooler

The sale on watermelon was too good to pass up — even with the smallest watermelon weighing 15 pounds! Getting the thing home was one thing; finding room in the fridge another.

After we cut it, we had more than ten cups of watermelon. After snacking on it for three days, I decided that what we really needed to do was have a drink with it. What is more refreshing than a watermelon cooler?

IMG_7933Watermelon Rum Cooler

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 or 2 mint sprigs
1 cup fresh lime juice
3 cups rum
4 cups seedless watermelon chunks
8 cups crushed ice
watermelon chunks and mint sprigs

Make a simple syrup with the sugar and water. Pour over a sprig or two of mint. Let cool and remove the mint. The mint simple syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated a week in advance.

In a blender, combine half the simple syrup with half of the lime juice, rum and watermelon chunks and blend until combined. Add half of the ice and blend until smooth. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve in chilled glasses garnished with watermelon chunks and topped with mint sprigs.

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