These crowd-pleasers are easy to make in big batches, can be altered for non-alcoholic options and require little to no effort. All you need is sugar syrup!
Make a sugar syrup:
Add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a pot over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, remove and set aside to cool. For an alcohol-free version, use 1 cup apple juice instead of rum.
5 cups ice blocks
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup sugar syrup
1L passion fruit juice
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tubs (230g each) passion fruit pulp
1 bottle (750ml each) sparkling wine
- In a large punch bowl, combine 5 cups ice blocks with 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup sugar syrup, 1L passion fruit juice, 1/2 cup lime juice, 2 tubs (230g each) passion fruit pulp.
- Stir together and finish with 1 bottle (750ml each) sparkling wine of your choice.
- Ladle into cups and enjoy!
Watermelon margarita slushy
1/2 large watermelon (seeds removed)
1 1/2 cups Blanco tequila
1 cup sugar syrup
5 limes, plus extra for garnish
Coarse sea salt
- Cut the flesh from 1/2 large watermelon (seeds removed) into small cubes, freeze for at least 2 hours.
- Place a large jug in the freezer.
- Add watermelon to a food processor with 11/2 cups Blanco tequila, 1 cup sugar syrup and juice from 5 limes (Do this in batches if blender is small). Blend until a smooth slushy consistency is reached.
- Decant the watermelon slushy into the cold pitcher and serve immediately in glasses garnished with lime slices.
- Level up by first dipping the rims of your glasses in lime or lemon juice, followed by coarse sea salt.
Big batch mojitos
1/2 cup sugar syrup
2 punnets (40g) mint leaves
Juice of 4 limes
5 cups of ice
1 1/4 cups white rum
1.5-2L soda water
- Place 1/2 cup sugar syrup, 2 punnets (40g) mint leaves and juice of 4 limes into a large pitcher or jug.
- Use a cocktail muddler or the back end of a wooden spoon to bruise and mix everything together to release the flavours.
- Add 5 cups ice, 11/4 cups white rum and 1.5-2L soda water (or as much needed to fill your jug). Use your muddler or spoon to stir together.
- Taste and adjust as needed, adding more sugar syrup, lime juice or rum.
Words: Sjaan van der Ploeg
Photography: Shutterstock, Fresh living Magazine