It’s a cool day, the girls are back in their condo, it’s time to unwind adult-style. Lunch was something that Speedy and I like (the girls tend to monopolize the choice of meals when they’re home and I’m such an indulgent dolt, so…) — stewed mongo (mung beans) and eggplants with crisp pork cubes a la lechon kawali.
By sunset, I decided to do something with the quarter of watermelon in the fridge. I thought a punch would be nice. But there were only two of us so it’s kinda overkill to serve the drink in a punch bowl. And I wondered if it would still be a punch if it wasn’t served in a punch bowl. So, I checked.
Dictionary.com says that a punch is either “a beverage consisting of wine or spirits mixed with fruit juice, soda, water, milk, or the like, and flavored with sugar, spices, etc.” or “a beverage of two or more fruit juices, sugar, and water, sometimes carbonated.” The punch bowl was not mentioned. So, I’m calling this drink my watermelon punch.
What is my watermelon punch made of? Cubed watermelon, silver tequila, soda water, lemon juice and, for the sweetener, the grape syrup that Speedy made and which I described in some detail in the melon cocktail with grape syrup post.
What a refreshing drink it was! The drink itself didn’t taste of alcohol because the watermelon cubes acted as sponges and absorbed the alcohol taste. The liquid is a perfect balance of sweet and sour with the right proportion between the syrup and lemon juice. If you make this drink and you intend it as a real alcoholic drink, you have to allow some of the watermelon cubes to go into your mouth with every mouthful of liquid. Then, you get just the right effect.
Recipe: Watermelon punch
- about 1 and 1/2 c. of watermelon cubes
- 1/3 c. of silver tequila (if you use gold tequila, the color might not turn out to be so nice)
- 2/3 c. of soda water
- 1/4 to 1/3 c. of grape syrup (or use grenadine)
- juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons
- ice cubes
- Pour the tequila, syrup and soda water into a carafe or a pitcher (or a punch bowl, if you insist).
- Add ice cubes. Mix.
- Throw in the watermelon cubes and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 2 to 4
P.S. I was tempted to post the photos as a photography tip article after I was amazed at how the color of the liquid appeared so different under various lighting conditions. The first photo was taken in the living room where the overhead lights are mostly halogen bulbs. The second photo was taken in my study where the only light on was the reading lamp with its fluorescent bulb. It’s the same drink but the difference in color is just mild-blowing.