05/17/2012 12:15 EDT | Updated 07/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Watermelon cocktail makes a refreshing start to Victoria Day gatherings

Full of juicy watermelon, fresh mint and a dash of cherry, this refreshing cocktail would make a great start to a Victoria Day gathering.

The ingredients can be increased to suit the number of servings needed.

Watermelon Mojitos

3 fresh mint sprigs

50 ml (1/4 cup) watermelon puree

5 ml (1 tsp) cherry-flavoured syrup or grenadine

45 ml (3 tbsp) freshly squeezed lime juice

50 ml (1/4 cup) light rum

Ice cubes

30 ml (2 tbsp) chilled sparkling water or club soda

Sugar cane stirrer and lime wedge (optional)

In a tall glass, place mint. Using the back of a wooden spoon, muddle to release oil.

In a blender, puree watermelon for 20 seconds. In a cocktail glass, combine watermelon, cherry syrup, lime juice and rum. Stir well. Add ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a sugar cane stirrer and lime wedge, if desired, and serve immediately.

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 170 calories; 1 g protein; 12 g carbohydrate; 1 g fibre; 10 mg sodium.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board,