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Watermelon Punch

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Crisp, cool, refreshing watermelon punch is great for all the hot summer days ahead. Thanks to Becky Terry for submitting this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (3 large lemons)
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups fresh orange juice (6-8 oranges)
1 small watermelon
Garnish: lime wedges

Directions:

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan; boil 3 minutes. Cool completely, and stir in orange juice. Peel, seed and cube watermelon. Process cubed watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, reserving 3 cups juice; discard watermelon pulp.
Stir together watermelon juice and sugar mixture; chill thoroughly. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

Yield: 8 cups.