With or without spirits – Watermelon and Cucumber Mojito

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Yesterday the Mouse finally decided to exit through the kitchen door, presumable the same door it came in through, it leads straight out to the garden without any steps to climb. The Mouse has been our guest here for the last two weeks and it has behaved exactly like the Scarlet Pimpernel created by Baroness Emmuska Orczy well with the difference that he didn’t sit in the sofa pretending to be someone else or at least we haven’t noticed anything like that. We have obviously tried to catch the little bugger, I even bought three mouse traps but it took me more than a week to get around to actually rig one up and the Mouse obviously didn’t fall for a simple trick like a piece of ham on a metal contraption. So we heard it under the sofa, we heard it in the kitchen, my son saw the Mouse several times going from one room to the other but it was just like having the Scarlet Pimpernel in the house:

We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

But yesterday morning when I was sitting at the kitchen table, checking my mail on the laptop, I suddenly saw a sweet little Mouse with a very fat belly sitting by the threshold, looking out through the kitchen door so I told it to get out and it did. And that darned dog (a famous cat killer) hasn’t noticed a thing. For two weeks. 
So let’s celebrate with a refreshing drink, you can make it strong or you can just keep it child friendly and not add any rum at all. Now I don’t pretend at all to know how to prepare a real Mojito, I know that there are strict rules on what to do before you add ice, rum and soda water, so please be patient and enjoy this drink anyway, you can invent another name for it if you are a Mojito purist!

Watermelon and Cucumber Mojito

WATERMELON AND CUCUMBER MOJITO

single portion
watermelon
2,5 cm/ 1 in cucumber
1 tsp mild honey or confectioners sugar
8-10 fresh mint leaves, it depends on big they are
juice of 1/2 lime
1 part rum, optional
1,5 part sparkling water 
1,5 part watermelon water 
 Scoop small balls out of the watermelon, if you don’t have a scoop, use a small teaspoon or cut it into small cubes. Peel the cucumber and cut it into short and thin strips, or use a grater. Mix the two in a bowl or a jug/pitcher.
 Cut the mint leaves into thin strips and add those together with honey or sugar and lime juice to bowl or jug. 
 Squash a part of the watermelon through a sieve or just squeeze it so you are left with watermelon juice or water, add it and the rum to the bowl or jug, stir and pour into glass in which you already put ice cubes. Or crushed ice if that is what you like.

Watermelon and Cucumber Mojito

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