Cocktail: Watermelon Gin Punch
- One -half small round seedless watermelon (about 3-1/2 lb.), peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 8 sprigs fresh mint; more for garnish
- 2 cups Hendrick's gin
Working in batches if necessary, purée the watermelon in a blender or food processor 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 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 in rocks glasses over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs