Watermelon & Mint Cocktail Punch
A funky and retro crowd pleasing cocktail for your next party! I’ve used a whole in season watermelon carving out all the flesh to turn into juice and prepped the outer shell to turn into a giant bowl in which to serve the punch in. Add your favourite gin or spirit, pour in some tonic and throw in fresh mint and you have a beautiful summer party cocktail that guests can serve themselves.
Serves- 10, at least 6 litres of punch
- 1 whole seedless watermelon (8.5kg)
- Half bottle of Four Pillars Gin Arbory Afloat Pink Gin
- 4 x 180ml bottles of StrangeLove Coastal Tonic
- 3 limes
- 1 bunch of fresh mint
- 1 bag of ice
Watch the process
- Slice off the bottom of your watermelon approx. 3cm deep so that you have a flat bottom on your watermelon and it can stand upright without tipping over.
- Then cut a lid at the top of the watermelon approx. ⅓ of the height.
- Begin scooping out the flesh inside the watermelon and place the flesh into a bowl until you’ve reached about 5cm deep. Then stick an immersion blender into the inside of the watermelon and begin blending.
- Ladle and strain out the juice into a bowl.
- Repeat the process by continuing to scoop the flesh with a spoon until you hit the white rind of the watermelon.
- Scoop the flesh from the lid and place into the watermelon to blend and strain as well.
- Once all the flesh has been scooped out and strained out of the watermelon, strain back in approx. 4 litres of the juice back in (approximately ⅔ of the way up). You should have nearly 2 litres left of juice which you can place into a jug for mocktails.
- Then pour in at least half of your bottle of gin, the tonic water, juice of the limes, hand torn mint and then handfuls of ice into the watermelon.
- Stir with a ladle to chill down. Taste and add more of what you wish to your liking.
- Ladle the punch into glasses filled with ice and enjoy!