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Celebrate summer with this delicious Watermelon Punch ... it's fun, festive, and super delicious!
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Last week, I was lucky enough to tag along on my husband's business trip to Puerto Rico. It was so fun and relaxing (at least for me ... ha), and the steamy weather and colorful sights definitely put me in a tropical mood.
I loved playing tourist for a few days, and tried to take in as much as possible in a short time. The highlight was all the yummy Puerto Rican food and drinks that I enjoyed. Everything—from the mofongo to the sweet plantains to the fresh fruits—was amazing!
Our hotel served the sweetest, juiciest watermelon for breakfast each morning. It was the perfect way to start the day.
I've been craving watermelon and trying to hold onto those tropical vibes ever since we returned home (Texas weather definitely helps). So when I spotted some mini watermelons at my grocery store, I knew I had to make this refreshing Watermelon Punch!
How cute are these Mini Watermelon Punch Bowls? With their tropical good looks, they're pretty much made for summer get togethers. Plus, you wouldn't believe how easy they are to make.
I love this simple Punch recipe for summer parties. Watermelon just screams summer, and you'll definitely get your guests talking with these showstopping, creative punch bowls!
Apart from their fun and festive looks, my favorite thing about these DIY watermelon bowls is the easy Watermelon Punch they hold.
This watermelon punch hardly even requires a recipe—it's just two ingredients—yet it tastes so summery and refreshing! All you need is lemonade or sprite and a mini watermelon (whole melons work, too), plus some vodka if you really want to get festive!
Watermelon Punch Ingredients
Here's what you'll need to make this yummy watermelon drink and Watermelon Punch Bowls:
- Mini Watermelons
- Sharp Knife
- Melon Baller
- Minute Maid Lemonade and / or Sprite
- Watermelon Juice (optional)
- Vodka or Tequila (optional)
- Drink Picks
- Tropical Drink Umbrellas
A Few Notes about the Ingredients:
One watermelon will make two bowls, and you'll want to refrigerate the melons ahead of time to ensure your drinks stay cold. If you're serving a crowd and want to keep things easy, you could also serve the punch in a regular watermelon.
I used premade lemonade for this recipe, but homemade works, too. If you'd like to make your own, follow my Spiked Raspberry Lemonade recipe (skipping the vodka and raspberry syrup).
This punch can be made non alcoholic or spiked ... the choice is yours, and I love that this recipe is flexible enough to serve everyone from kids to adults!
How to Make Watermelon Punch
This recipe is so fun and easy, so let's get started!
The first thing you're going to do is make the punch bowls.
When shopping for mini watermelons, look for small, round ones with minimal blemishes. That way your individual punch bowls will be attractive and easy to hold.
And remember, you can make this recipe in a large watermelon if you're serving a crowd!
Preparing the Watermelon Punch Bowls
Start by using a sharp knife to carefully cut your mini watermelons in half. If the halved melons won't sit flat, slice a little piece off the bottom.
Remove as much of the watermelon as possible using a melon baller (a round teaspoon works, too).
Once you've removed most of the flesh, use a spoon to scrape out the rest. Be careful not to puncture the shells.
Making the Punch
To make the Watermelon Punch, simply fill the watermelon shells with Minute Maid or Sprite, leaving a little room at the top. If you wish, you can also add a splash of fresh Watermelon Juice for extra flavor and / or a shot of vodka or tequila.
Next, you'll add a few watermelon balls to the bowls.
If you're planning to serve this fresh fruit punch at a party, it's easy to prep things ahead of time. First, wrap the watermelon shells with plastic wrap and refrigerate them.
Then, place the watermelon balls on a foil-lined tray and freeze. The frozen balls with keep your drinks cold when it's time to serve your watermelon punch.
This last step is creating the garnish for your Watermelon Punch. Don't skip this step, because it makes the drink look so festive!
Start by cutting a lemon into thick slices, then cut the slices in half.
Grab a drink pick and thread it with a watermelon ball, a slice of lemon, and then another watermelon ball.
Add the garnish and an umbrella to your Mini Watermelon Punch Bowl.
Gently press both the pick and umbrella into the bowl (being careful not to puncture the shell completely). This will help hold them in place.
Finish by adding a straw.
Your Watermelon Punch is ready to serve.
Aren't those mini watermelon bowls adorable? I really can't get over how cute they are!
This easy watermelon punch is definitely the ultimate summer party drink. I mean, it really doesn't get more fun or festive.
So what are you waiting for? Invite your friends over and let the summer celebrations begin!
- 1 mini watermelon (refrigerated)
- Lemonade (or Sprite)*
- Watermelon Juice, optional
- Vodka or Tequila, optional
- 1 lemon, cut into half moons
- Cut watermelon in half, then use a melon baller or round teaspoon to scoop out flesh in round balls.
- Reserve the balls, then use a spoon to scrape out any remaining watermelon flesh.
- Fill mini watermelons with lemonade (or Sprite), as well as watermelon juice (about ⅓ cup) and vodka (1 ½ to 2 ounces), if desired. Add a few melon balls to punch.
- Thread a lemon slice and more melon balls on a cocktail pick, then use to garnish punch along with a drink umbrella, if desired.
- Serve punch immediately.
Loved this Easy Fruit Punch?
If you enjoyed this refreshing watermelon drink, you'll like these recipes, too!
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Spiked Raspberry Lemonade
- Cherry Smash Cocktail
- Easy Beergaritas
- Cuba Libre
- Watermelon Juice
- Easy Chelada Recipe
- Lemonade Shandy
What is your favorite summer party drink?