4 cups chilled watermelon, cubed and seeds removed (approximately ¼ of a large watermelon)
½ cup cold water
1 lime, cut into 8–12 slices then cut each slice in half again, divided
12 mint leaves, divided
8 teaspoons sugar, divided (use more or less depending upon the sweetness of your watermelon)
Additional sprigs of mint for garnish, optional
Place the watermelon cubes and water in a blender and purée until smooth. Place a sieve or fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Pour the puréed watermelon mixture through the sieve, using a spoon to stir so that all of the watermelon liquids go through the mesh and into the bowl. Set liquid aside and discard watermelon solids.
Divide the lime slices and mint leaves equally in the bottom of four 12-ounce glasses. Sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar into each glass. Using a wooden muddler, press down on the limes, mint and sugar until all of the ingredients are muddled together.
Add ice cubes to each glass, then pour the puréed watermelon mixture over the ice cubes and stir to combine.
Garnish with additional sprigs of mint (if desired). Serve immediately.
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