What better way to toast the good weather than with a pink, fruity cocktail? Treat yourself to Sahara’s favourite summer tipple – a refreshing watermelon concoction mixed with your favourite gin. Get shaking!
Watermelon Gin Punch
The fresh flavours of watermelon, lemon,
and crisp, cool mint make the
perfect summer cocktail.
Half a small round seedless watermelon (about 1.5 kilos), peeled and cut into large pieces
120ml of fresh lemon juice, strained
120ml of simple (sugar) syrup
8 sprigs fresh mint; more for garnish
475ml of your favourite gin
Working in batches if necessary, purée the watermelon in a blender and press the purée through a strainer. You’ll need about 4 cups of juice—it’s fine if there’s some pulp in the juice. Chill.
Put the lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint in a jug or punch bowl and mash the mint thoroughly with a muddler or use the back of a wooden spoon. Add about 4 cups of ice, the gin and the watermelon juice and stir.
Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.