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Cucumber Watermelon Mojito

Time 5 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Cucumber Watermelon Mojito
(Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
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This low-alcohol, wonderfully refreshing cucumber watermelon mojito begins with a mad muddling session: watermelon triangles, cucumber slices and fresh mint are muddled in the bottom of a glass (rather than in a mortar). Soju, fresh lime juice and ginger ale each contribute a needed note to balance the drink; the flavor is very fruity, but with an intriguing edge.

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1

In a shaker, add 3 watermelon triangles, 6 slices of cucumber, 2 sprigs of mint, the lime juice and the syrup. Hand press with a muddler.

2

Add the soju and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 6 seconds.

3

Strain over fresh ice into a tall glass and top with the ginger ale.

4

Place a watermelon triangle and a cucumber slice on a toothpick and place in glass for garnish along with a sprig of mint.

Adapted by Ryan Magarian from a drink developed for Katsuya. Make a simple syrup by boiling granulated sugar in an equal amount of water until the sugar dissolves; allow to cool.