Watermelon cooler (agua de sandia)

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 14
Watermelon cooler (agua de sandia)
(Los Angeles Times)

Combine sugar and water in saucepan and bring to boil. Cook until clear, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool. Cover syrup and chill 1 hour or until ready to use.


Cut off 6-pound piece of watermelon and, using melon scoop, form melon balls. Place in covered container and chill until party time.


Cut fruit from remaining rind and puree. You should have about 8 cups puree. Cover and chill 1 hour or until party time.


To make drinks, fill each glass 2/3 full with watermelon puree, 2 tablespoons simple syrup or to taste, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 shot tequila, if desired. Add a few ice cubes and top off glass with club soda. Stir in several watermelon balls.

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