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Watermelon Gin Punch

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Serves eight.

  • To learn more, read:
    The Spirit of Summer
  • by St. John Frizell from Fine Cooking
    Issue 94

Nothing says summer quite like the fresh flavors of watermelon, lemon, and crisp, cool mint.

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  • One-half small round seedless watermelon (about 3-1/2 lb.), peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup 
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint; more for garnish
  • 2 cups Hendrick's gin

Working in batches if necessary, purée the watermelon in a blender or food processor and press the purée through a strainer. You’ll need about 4 cups of juice—it’s fine if there’s some pulp in the juice. Chill.

Put the lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint in a 3-quart serving pitcher or a punch bowl and mash the mint thoroughly with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Add about 4 cups of ice, the gin, and the watermelon juice and stir.

Serve in rocks glasses over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Photo: Scott Phillips

Excellent!

Phenom! Hit of both parties I went to this Labor Day weekend.

Refreshing... delish... our new favorite for summer entertaining. Actually, nobody's here and we just made it for us ;). You have to make this!!!!

Delicious. Beautiful. This will work with really any gin.

We had a small dinner party and made this recipe (without the mint, however) and thought it was great!!

Whoa. Great punch, got the party off to a fine start. I only used 1.5 C gin - and that was still enough to get everybody going.

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