Watermelon Rum Punch

I’m still trying to recover from July 4th. I feel all discombobulated because it was on a Wednesday and it felt like a Saturday.  And now I feel like I’m stuck in a perpetual Sunday trying to get my mind right for another Monday. It’s weird.

My husband and I spent the holiday eating and laughing with family and friends while our kids enjoyed an afternoon of splashing and screaming in our ultra mini junior Olympic size inflatable pool with their friends. The kids came in long enough for a quick bite, before they jumped back in the pool. This was great because the kids entertained themselves and we got to be grown-ups in peace.

To highlight our summer celebration I whipped up a batch of watermelon rum punch. This popular Caribbean cocktail is traditionally made with pineapple and citrus juices, rum and a little grenadine. We always have watermelon on hand in the summer and this year watermelons have been exceptionally sweet  so I incorporated it into one of my favorite tropical drinks. Since several of my guests had to work the next day, I was conservative with the rum.  I didn’t have to work in the morning so I bumped up my punch just a smidge.

Watermelon Rum Punch

1/2 seedless watermelon
3/4 cup simple syrup
2 cups pineapple juice
1 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (4 oranges)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (5 limes)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 cups white rum
Ice cubes
Lime slices, for garnish

Remove watermelon from the rind and cut into chunks.  Puree the watermelon, in batches, in a blender until smooth. Strain the puree in a fine-mesh sieve over a 4-cup liquid measuring cup. Repeat with remaining watermelon.  You should have 6 cups strained watermelon juice.

Pour the watermelon juice into a large pitcher.  Stir in the next six ingredients until combined. Fill cocktail glasses with ice and pour in the punch. Garnish each cocktail with a lime slice.



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