Chef's Recipes

Water-Cooler Punch

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Water-Cooler Punch.

By Tim Philips
  • 15 mins preparation
  • Serves 12
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Water-Cooler Punch
"This punch is also fun to serve in a hollowed-out watermelon," says Philips. "Place the empty watermelon in the freezer for a while to chill it completely before serving."


  • 500 ml freshly juiced (or blended) watermelon juice
  • 150 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 150 ml sugar syrup (see note)
  • 1 cup (firmly packed) mint, plus extra sprigs to garnish
  • 150 ml Aperol
  • 300 ml gin
  • To garnish: lemon slices


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    Process watermelon, lemon juice, sugar syrup and mint leaves in a blender, then refrigerate for flavours to develop and to chill (20-30 minutes). Stir in Aperol and gin and transfer to a chilled jug. Serve over ice, garnished with mint sprigs and sliced lemon.