1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice, from about 6 medium lemons
1 large cucumber, thinly sliced plus extra for garnish
4 cups water
4 cups ice
3 cups gin
Additional lemon slices for garnish
Combine the sugar with the lemon juice and water in a large pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cucumber and steep for 1 hour at room temperature. Add the ice and stir again. Taste and top with additional water as desired. I find 4 cups of water is the perfect balance of sweet to tart!
Strawberry Watermelon Rum Punch
Yield: 2 quarts punch, 8 servings
1 quart strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
6 cups cubed watermelon, about 1 personal sized watermelon
2 cups dark rum
1/4 cup orange liquor
1 lime, juiced
Puree the strawberries and cubed watermelon until smooth in a blender or food processor. Strain the resulting liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Add the rum, orange liquor, and lime juice and chill for one hour.
A few tips for packing the punches: Use thinly sliced fruit or vegetables and roll them up to fit them into the bottles before filling. A funnel is your very best friend for filling the Plastic Soda Bottles. Be sure to label your bottle after you fill them – I had a few spill overs that would have ruined the labels.
To keep thing easy I’m picking up some greek salad and pitas from our favorite local deli and serving strawberry shortcake in these Paper Ice Cream Cups (the domed lid is prefect for fitting in extra whipped cream).
Meghan Splawn is a professional recipe developer. She works full-time as part of Alton Brown’s culinary team. Her personal blog, Stir & Scribble, is full of clever cooking, classic cocktails, and useful kitchen tips. source guide & credits: recipe, styling, and photography: meghan splawn of stir & scribble
plastic soda bottles, tall straws, paper ice cream cups, craft stickers, take out containers, wooden utensils, small napkins: shop sweet lulu picnic basket and floral picnic blanket: vintage