One of my favorite punch recipes in my new book would make a great choice for any Fourth of July Celebration! Kicky Watermelon Punch is a crowd pleaser and serving it in a watermelon makes for a fun and festive presentation. I’m thrilled to share the recipe with you here! Click here to order a copy of Parties Around a Punch Bowl.
Kicky watermelon punch
1 large watermelon, reserving melon balls
1 25-ounce bottle raspberry Bellini (author uses Trader Joe’s)
1 64-ounce bottle Watermelon Cooler
1 20-ounce bottle sparkling mineral water (author likes Topo Chico)
1 33-ounce bottle sparkling limeade
Limes and oranges, sliced, for garnish
Lay the watermelon on its side and cut off the top fourth of the stem-end of the melon. Then begin carving out the inside of the melon. (Be careful not to puncture the sides or bottom of the watermelon or you will have quite the mess on your hands when you pour in the punch.) I like using a Parisienne scoop for making small watermelon balls, which I freeze and use later to keep the punch cool and add as a garnish. Once you have completely removed the inside of the watermelon, pour all the liquid ingredients into the carved-out watermelon punch bowl.
Add the frozen melon balls as desired. Float the lime and orange slices in the bowl for a pretty effect. Serves 25-30*
* The watermelon can only hold so much, but the recipe will serve more than the melon can hold.
With the leftover watermelon, I make a purée in the food processor, adding a little lime juice and a pinch of sugar. I either add it to the punch or freeze it as pops. Kids really like it.
As with all punches, this one is flexible. If you want a stronger punch, add your favorite liquor, such as vodka or tequila.
For a kid-friendly twist, leave out the Bellini and add lemonade and/or the watermelon purée.