When I think of the 4th of July, I always think of BBQ, watermelon, and booze. In an effort to combine two of these things, I created a Spiked Watermelon Punch. Served in a watermelon, of course.
The beauty of this spiked watermelon punch is that it can be be made for a group of people or for just one. The recipe gives the ingredients, you decide how much to use of each. You can even make it as boozy strong as you want.
For serving, you’ll get presentation points if you put the punch in a hollowed out watermelon. To hollow out a watermelon, cut the top off the watermelon. Scoop out the insides and set aside to be eaten later, or added to drinks as garnish. If you wanted to get really, really fancy you could make a watermelon keg. Honestly, I’m too lazy to do this but it looks cool.
If it’s hot outside, put the watermelon in an ice bath so that it stays cool. Also, don’t put the spiked watermelon punch out until the guests get there. That will also help it stay cold. When the guests do arrive, put glasses out next to the punch so they can help themselves. Little trays of cut up watermelon and cantaloupe would also be good so they can add as garnish if desired.
Spiked Watermelon Punch
In a blender, puree watermelon and cantaloupe.
Strain the pureed mixture through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer (I prefer the latter).
Mix grapefruit juice and vodka to the melon juice.
If making punch for a group, get a large bowl (or tub) and fill with ice. Hollow out a watermelon, place in ice bath, and pour the Spiked Watermelon Punch into the watermelon.
Optional: When serving, add cut up pieces of watermelon and cantaloupe to glasses.
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