So, a few times in the past year, my wife and I have received tiny watermelons in our produce box, but have failed to use them before they went bad. This time when it arrived, we decided we HAD to make something from it! I suggested that we make a drink, and she declared “Watermelon Stevens!”. If you have no idea what a Watermelon Steven is, I 100% recommend that you stop this reading now and go watch Steven Universe, as its one of the best shows ever, and it will make this post make more sense, and make it more fun!
We’d recently gotten our friends into the show too, and we were seeing them this weekend to play D&D, so the timing was perfect. Our DM had also just made mint simple syrup. When we were in Hawaii, we had an excellent watermelon mojito, so it seemed to be the perfect time to re-create them, with a Steven Universe twist!
First, I needed to puree the watermelon. Luckily for us the rid was thin, so we got a lot of watermelon puree out of a very small watermelon! This also made the rind a lot easier to carve into shapes! I’m not a superb artist, but I think they turned out pretty well!
Once I had scooped out the watermelon and pureed it, I drew little Stevens on the rind and used a paring knife to cut them out! The first one turned out the best!
Then I made him a bunch of little buddies and a little watermelon dog!
I wrapped them in a wet paper towel in a tupperware to keep them safe overnight and during transport to our friends’ house. They were very surprised when I took out the Stevens and happily helped us assemble the mojitos! We used toothpicks to help keep the Stevens from falling into the drinks – pics after the recipe!
Mint Simple Syrup:
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup mint leaves
Combine water and sugar in small pot. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add mint leaves and simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat and let steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove mint leaves and store in fridge.
-1 ounce Rum
-1/2 ounce lime juice
-1/2 ounce mint simple syrup
2 ounces watermelon puree
Place ingredients in blender with several ice cubes and puree. Pour into glass with more ice. Add Watermelon Stevens and enjoy!
You can certainly multiply these ingredient amounts and blend in batches. If you find it is too thick for your taste, I could also see adding some club soda before you blend it.
You can make it a smaller drink, as above, or you can fill it higher so Steven can have a little watermelon bath!