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Refreshing Watermelon Punch

Refreshing Watermelon Punch

This uber refreshing punch is the perfect drink for a hot summer night.  It’s based on the classic combination of watermelon and citrus.  Then we added raspberries to really take the flavor to a whole new level…  It’s like a fizzy watermelon lemon-limeade.  It makes a delicious non-alcoholic punch using tonic or club soda.  Or for an adult version it makes a killer mimosa (vodka or coconut rum would also be tasty!).  So kick your feet up and cool off with this tasty treat!

Watermelon Punch

Yields 8-10 (8)oz servings

Ingredients:

  • Half a medium watermelon, roughly chopped (you want about 4 cups of juice)
  • ½ cup raspberries (frozen are fine)
  • Juice of 2-3 lemons
  • Juice of 2-3 limes
  • 4 cups (32 oz) tonic water or club soda or 750 ml champagne (one normal size bottle)
  • Honey to taste

Directions:

  • If your watermelon has seeds, discard the dark hard ones (don’t worry about the flimsy white seeds, the blender can handle them and you’ll make yourself crazy trying to pick them all out)
  • Put the melon and raspberries in your blender and puree until very smooth (optional: mixture can be strained at this point, see note below)
  • Add the lemon and lime juice (start with 2 of each and add the final lemon and lime to taste)
  • Stir in the tonic, club soda or champagne – I like equal parts of watermelon mixture to bubbly
  • Sweeten to taste with honey, chill and enjoy!

Notes:

  • To strain or not to strain: Watermelon blends quite smooth so straining is unnecessary if you’ll be serving the punch from a pitcher or punch bowl.  If however you’re using a drink dispenser (such as the watermelon keg below) straining prevents clogs and helps the tap run smoothly.  After blending the watermelon and berries place a fine sieve or a colander lined with cheesecloth over a large bowel and run the mixture through.  Then take the strained juice and proceed to step 3.
  • IMG_2863Watermelon keg: We originally concocted this recipe to serve in a watermelon keg.  It was simple to make and turned out super cute.  To make one of your own see the following post: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/3593/how-to-make-a-watermelon-keg/

 

 

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kullez/4414600545/

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