Melon and Sherbet Punch

Melon and Sherbet Punch
  • Difficulty:

    1
  • Prep Time:

    5m
  • Total Time:

    40m
  • Servings:

    15

Description

This is exactly the right beverage for a warm day. It's light, refreshing and filled with the bright flavors of fresh, ripe fruit. Go ahead, have another glass! Finding enjoyable ways to cool off is part of the fun when the weather turns warmer. Lemonade is a classic choice, and sparkling lemonade is even more refreshing. With the addition of melons and sherbet – no strangers to the cooling department themselves – you'll turn a few bottles of sparkling lemonade into a memorably tasty and eye-pleasing punch.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups each honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon balls
  • 4 quarts sparkling lemonade, or citrus-flavored sparkling water
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 quart lime sherbet
  • 10 large leaves or small sprigs fresh mint

Directions

  1. Spread the melon balls on a small, parchment-lined sheet pan. Place the pan in your freezer for 30 minutes until they are mostly frozen.
  2. Pour the sparkling lemonade into your punch bowl, tipping it carefully down the side of the bowl to preserve as much carbonation as possible. Remove the melon balls from your freezer and float them in the punch. The punch can be prepared up to this point ahead of time and refrigerated for 2-3 hours. This allows time for the melon flavors to infuse.
  3. Add the lime slices to your punch bowl and stir. Scoop the sherbet in neat balls and float them on top of the punch. Garnish the bowl with the mint leaves and serve immediately.

Tips

An Adult Alternative:

The basic version of this punch is suitable for all ages. If you're hosting an adults-only get together, feel free to add alcohol. Replace up to half the sparkling lemonade with sparkling wine for a light and pleasant afternoon thirst-quencher. Add 3-4 cups of your favorite vodka or white rum for a more cocktail-like result in the evening.

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