Mum's Views summer punches summer punches

Summer is almost here and we at are thinking of lazy Sunday afternoons in the garden with friends sipping on a cool glass of fruity punch

Here’s two of our favourites

Boozy Strawberry Limeade – make in advance allow time for making and chilling
Makes: 6 high balls

4 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup fresh over rope strawberries, roughly chopped
1 lime, sliced into wedges
4-6 oz Silver or Blanco Tequila (depending on how boozy you want your drinks)
Splash of Gran Marnier
1 cup ice


Combine the water, sugar and mint leaves in a small sauce pan. Place on stove over medium high heat and bring to a rolling boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes so the mint can infuse.

Strain the mint mixture into a pitcher and discard mint leaves. Add the freshly squeezed lime juice and strawberries and blend with an immersion blender. Strain out any pulpy remains.

Add the Blanco Tequila, splash of Gran Marnier and stir. Add more Gran Marnier to sweeten if desired. Top with ice, lime wedges and serve.

Watermelon Mojito
Makes: 1 drink

4 large mint leaves
1 1/2 tsp sugar
Squeeze of lime
2 ozs watermelon juice (use a juicer or puree watermelon in a blender and strain)
3 1-inch cubes of watermelon
Splash simple syrup
Splash of soda water


In a highball glass muddle mint leaves, sugar, squeeze of lime watermelon juice. Add ice to the glass. In a shaker, combine watermelon cubes, simple syrup and rum. Shake well and pour over contents in the highball glass. Mix well and add a splash of soda water. For a grown up version, add 2 ounces of rum.


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