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From the bar: Watermelon Gin Punch

June 14, 2013

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Happy Friday friends! What are your plans for the weekend? Evan’s on a boys camping trip so I’m having dinner here with a girlfriend tonight and I’m looking forward to catching up over pizza and several glasses of wine. On Sunday, I’ll be serving up this refreshing minty watermelon gin punch at the Joy the Baker & Bottle Stock Pop-up Shop and Bake Sale!! If you’re in LA and want to come, RSVP at BSBakeSale@gmail.com for the secret location (Space is limited, so hurry!). If you’re not able to stop by, don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Happy Weekend!

Watermelon Gin Punch (adapted from Fine Cooking)

Makes about 6 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • One-half small round seedless watermelon (about 3-1/2 lb.), peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, strained
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup 
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint; more for garnish
  • 2 cups Gin (choose you’re favorite, I like St. George or Tanquery)

DIRECTIONS
Working in batches if necessary, purée the watermelon in a blender or food processor and press the purée through a strainer*. (*NOTE: You can forgo this step with a juicer). You’ll need about 4 cups of juice—it’s fine if there’s some pulp in the juice. Chill.

Put the lime 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 over ice. Garnish with balled watermelon and mint sprigs.

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2013 1:20 am

    wow, this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :) – T

  2. June 14, 2013 4:30 am

    I love my gin and I love my watermelon…definitely on my list :)). Thanks for sharing.

  3. June 14, 2013 4:30 am

    Added to my to do list

  4. June 14, 2013 5:00 am

    This might be the prettiest drink I’ve ever seen! Love pink and green. I bet it taste awesome too!

  5. June 14, 2013 5:38 am

    Looks so cool and refreshing! Yum!

  6. foodiefoochie permalink
    June 14, 2013 5:53 am

    Reblogged this on Foodie Foochie and commented:
    Yum!

  7. June 14, 2013 7:01 am

    Yum! I am definitely going to make these! It will be nice and refreshing in this Austin heat.

  8. June 14, 2013 7:08 am

    Yum !!! I would mix it up with some tonic water and make a gin and watermelon fizz – thanks for the inspiration

  9. June 14, 2013 7:43 am

    This look amazing. I’m going to get a watermelon and serve this at my Saturday BBQ. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  10. June 14, 2013 9:13 am

    I’m going to do this….tonight! Thank you for the idea.

  11. June 14, 2013 9:17 am

    Ahhh so refreshing! I’m not a big drinker, but do you think this could also be made with vodka? :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 14, 2013 9:22 am

      Totally! Vodka would be super tasty! You can also replace the alcohol with soda water for a refreshing spritzer! Happy weekend!

      • June 14, 2013 9:28 am

        Yum… will keep this in mind for when it’s summer again in South Africa :) Enjoy your girl time :)

  12. June 14, 2013 2:17 pm

    I’ve made something similar but with rum. Great idea to try it with gin and I love the garnish!

  13. June 14, 2013 2:49 pm

    I’m in love with fruity drinks right now. Tis the season! I just made a grapefruit lemonade and nearly drank the entire pitcher.

  14. June 15, 2013 5:59 am

    Love your recipe! It looks so good. I am a huge fan of gin, and if you haven’t yet tried it, Hendrick’s is amazing. It is infused with cucumbers and rose petals. I have a tough time encouraging my buddies to drink gin, but hopefully your recipe will help to enlighten them :). Thanks!

  15. June 15, 2013 7:04 am

    Yummy. Gin and watermelon and mint too. This would make me a happy afternoon :)

  16. June 16, 2013 2:01 pm

    Oh my goodness. My mind just exploded from the yum exuded by this drink! Plus it was World Gin Day yesterday, so nice timing ;)

  17. Alissa permalink
    June 16, 2013 10:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing at today’s pop up! These were so delicious!

  18. VVernhard permalink
    June 16, 2013 10:47 pm

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt.

  19. June 22, 2013 12:24 am

    Reblogged this on ThapaneeIce and commented:
    It’s look yummy ><!!

  20. August 4, 2013 7:55 am

    J’ai soif d’un coup ! :) You make beautifull pictures, I love your blog!

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