Mmmm yum! A refreshingly icy watermelon punch with lime and mint + some bubbly! Perfect for our hot Australian Christmas…
A perfectly refreshing summer punch concocted by Erin of ‘Yummy Supper’. Erin describes this punch as sweet, tangy and minty all in one. Absolutely delicious! We have swapped the light rum for a good quality Champagne for a Marabous twist on this devine recipe.
Note: Try to make your simple syrup, puree the watermelon, and chill both a few hours before you want to serve the punch. If time doesn’t allow for this chilling time, just add plenty of ice and you are good to go.
- 4 cups watermelon puree ( approximately 1 medium watermelon – preferably seedless)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 4-5 juicy limes)
- mint leaves, 1/3 cup loosely packed
- 1/2 cup, plus 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Alcohol optional for cocktail version: add your favourite Champagne!
Make a simple syrup. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and /2 cup water in a sauce pan. Heat until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. The simple syrup you don’t use for this recipe can be refrigerated and put to other uses in cocktails or to sweeten your iced coffee or tea.
Cut off watermelon rind.
Remove seeds if there are any.
Place approximately 2 cups of watermelon flesh into your blender. Using a spoon, push down the watermelon chunks until they release a bunch of juice (this released liquid will help make the blending easier). Blend thoroughly. Do another batch until you have yielded 4 cups of pureed watermelon. You could strain the watermelon pulp at this point, but for a thicker texture, leave the pulp in. Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
Coarsely chop mint leaves. Crush mint with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Use a mortar and pestle if you have one, otherwise use a wooden spoon in a bowl to pulverize the mint and sugar. When you are done, you will have a well-integrated mint/sugar paste. Add paste to the lime juice.
Mix pureed watermelon and lime juice (with the sugary mint). Add 2-3 tablespoons simple syrup. How much simple syrup you use will depend on the natural sugar content of your watermelon and your own personal preference for sweetness.
Served chilled. Always give the punch a stir before serving to integrate the ingredients.
For the cocktail version: add your favourite Champagne to taste!
Credit: Yummy Supper