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May 26, 2011 11:25 AM

Tequila for Watermelon Mojitos

I thinking of making watermelon mojitos for Memorial Day. What's a good tequila to use? I imagine using Patron or Don Julio would probably not a good idea. But I'm hesitant to use Cuervo. Any thoughts or ideas would be much appreciated.


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  1. Mojito = rum;

    Margarita = tequila.

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    1. re: ferret

      Yup, first decide on the drink you want.

      If you want a margarita I'm sure that Patron or Don Julio would taste just fine. But they're quite overpriced. I generally reach for Cazadores blanco for something like this. It's inexpensive and nice enough for my taste. Though I am hardly a tequila expert. Search the archives of this group and you'll find plenty of recommendations, especially in this thread:

      1. re: davis_sq_pro

        Ditto on using "top shelf" in a margarita, it's just a waste.

      2. The recipe calls for tequila. I'm not confusing it. Thanks for your tips. Using top shelf stuff seems like a waste.

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        1. re: attran99

          If a mojito recipe calls for tequila it's time to find a new mojito recipe :-)

          1. re: attran99

            Use a 100% agave though. Good recs on here for ex Cazadores, El Jimador, etc. Espolon, maybe, which is a little more than those others perhaps but quite good. Depends upon what these price at in your area I guess (had to pay $31 for Hornitos reposado a couple weeks ago in Mass, sheesh), but even in mixing I wouldn't settle for the cheap mixto tequila. IOW, don't get bottom shelf or Cuervo Gold either. You should still be able to taste tequila in this drink I suspect, especially if it calls for silver/blanco, which I suspect it might.

              1. re: EvergreenDan

                No, but they serve them by the jug full in Mexuba. Pre-mixed, natch.

                attran, in the name of all things snarky, please post a link to this recipe.

                In all seriousness, I'm wondering if it is simply a watermelon margarita made with fresh lime, and your recipe source does not realize that margaritas are supposed to be made with fresh lime and not margarita mix, so they think they have to call it a mojito now.

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  Actually, I was wondering if it was a watermelon margarita but the recipe started by muddling some mint leaves and someone thought that made it a mojito instead?

            1. Watermelon is a light fruit, you want a light tequila to go with it. That would be a blanco or silver tequila. As already recommended El Jimador blanco would work just fine as would Cazadores, add Herradura to your list. You can use Patron or Don Julio silver, but why pay extra if you don't have to.

              A mid-range under $30 bottle of blanco 100% blue agave tequila is usually fine in fruit based cocktails.

              1. I'd bet a whole bunch of mint (and possibly an editor) lured some one into calling this a "mojito." But that wasn't the OP's OQ. Hopefully this isn't too late.

                I agree that you should stick to 100% Agave, however I would step up and pay for the best quality silver/blanco/platinum etc. tequila that you enjoy. Which ones are high quality is discussed in another thread linked above and price doesn't always mean quality, but there is some relationship.

                I personally think El Tesoro Platiinum makes the best margarita, but it is spendy. AND, it requires the drink is not butchered with crappy ingredients or proportions. So you'll have to make a judgement call on whether the recipe calls for you to largely mask the flavor of the Tequila with other things. Fresh watermelon is not going to overpower a good unaged Tequila but Watermelon Pucker will.

                And just a quick note, it isn't nearly as easy to coax the color and flavor out of fresh watermelon as you might think. So you might need to make 6 or 7 for yourself before you get it right....:) ;)

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                1. re: ellaystingray

                  I was skimming Costco's monthly mailer this afternoon and they were featuring a recipe by Ina Garten for ... watermelon mojitos (with rum).

                2. Out of curiosity, what exactly does a "watermelon mojito" consist of?

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                  1. re: sanjacinto

                    Pureed watermelon
                    Muddled mint leaves
                    Simple syrup
                    Tequila (or rum)
                    Lime juice

                    Normal mojitos have rum, this particular recipe calls for tequila.

                    1. re: attran99

                      OK, so because of the mint, they're calling it a mojito. Just kinda lazy drink-naming on their part. :-\ Let us know how they are. I don't know about tequila and mint together, but thanks for taking one for the team. ;-)

                      1. re: Alcachofa

                        It wasn't all that bad. It was refreshing on a warm day. But I'll have to say that I think I'd have preferred rum instead.