Saturday, May 28, 2011

Watermelon Punch ~ A Perfect Summer Beverage

On Friday, my 3 nieces had off from school for the holiday weekend, so they came over to play with Grace.  My Mom stopped by for a visit later in the day, too.  So, I saw this as an opportunity to have our first picnic lunch on my new-to-me, vintage patio set.  I served up some mac and cheese, hot dogs, and watermelon punch! 

Isn't that tray the cutest?  I found it in the Dollar Spot at Target!
I have a feeling you'll be seeing it a lot this summer! 

I also saw it as an opportunity to try a new recipe that I found online earlier in the week.  The recipe is for a smoothie made with Xigua Melon (you know, those really cute, little watermelons). 

I didn't have a Xigua Melon, but I did have a normal-sized, seedless watermelon cut into chunks in my fridge that I wanted to use up.  Perfect! 

Here's what you need:
  • ice
  • watermelon
  • water
  • sugar or sugar substitute
Loosely, following the recipe linked above, I
  • crushed some ice and added to my blender. 
  • added the watermelon and water.
  • blended until combined.
  • add sugar or sweetener to taste. 
  • stir.   
The original recipe calls this a smoothie.  I thought since it wasn't creamy, it would be more like a slushie.  But, I guess I didn't add enough ice to make it a slushie.  It turned out more like a punch.  It was really tasty!  Served over some ice, this punch is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.  Mom and I both thought that a couple of drops of coconut extract would be a perfect addition to the punch, giving it a more tropical feel.  Or, some coconut rum if you wanted to make it a cocktail.  (I like to keep it kid-friendly, so I would use the extract instead!)

Now, this uses a lot of watermelon.  Be careful not to munch on too many chunks of watermelon while drinking this punch, while also snacking on cheese curls.  That combination causes a really bad belly ache....just sayin'! 

I'll be linking this recipe to the following blog carnivals and linky parties: 




Naturally Me Creations said...

This sounds yum too. I usually just blend up watermelon and drink it as is...delicious on a hot day! :)

The extra coconut flavour sounds like an interesting idea... :D

Michelle said...

oh wow....this looks yummy! Thanks for sharing :) found you and following you from I heart naptime! Have a great weekend!


Christy said...

Ohhh, I just had the best sweetest watermelon this would be perfect for! I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing. :)

Ann Jones said...

Yummy looking drink! Im your newest follower from MBC, look forward to your future posts! You can find me at

Anonymous said...

Love the tray and the glasses!I make a lot of these slushies/smoothies especially during summer.I found you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this watermelon widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about watermelon,Thanks!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Allison, I can;t wait to make some punch for my little guy - great idea! Love your serving set too - adorable! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this on Sunday - I am a little behind getting to the comments though. Have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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