It’s summer time…..Summer Punch with James
One-half small round seedless watermelon (about 1.5kg.), peeled and cut into large chunks
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1/2 cup made of equal quantities of sugar and water, heated until the sugar has dissolved and cooled
8 sprigs fresh mint; more for garnish
2 cups Beefeater gin
Working in batches if necessary, purée the watermelon in a blender or food processor and press the purée through a sieve. 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 a punch bowl and mash the mint thoroughly with 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.