Watermelon Mojitos

Nice addition to your Derby Party menu today.  Do you remember injecting vodka or rum into watermelons and oranges when you were not quite of the legal drinking age? Come on, I know I'm not the only one that ever did that. Well this cool refreshing summer drink is a little more sophisticated than that, and heaven knows we are all well past the legal drinking age.

Watermelon Mojitos
6 drinks
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30 large fresh mint leaves, coarsely torn by hand
3 or 4 thick slices fresh sweet watermelon
12 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
1/2 cup simple syrup (see note)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon, for serving

Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves. Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Put the fruit into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of pureed watermelon, the rum simple syrup, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a pitcher for serving.

Place ice cubes in 6 glasses and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon. Serve ice cold.

Cook's Note: To make simple syrup, put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pan and simmer until sugar dissolves. Chill