Kill Devil Hills punch, a classic rum drink, is a great summer party drink, along with strawberry punch and watermelon punch. Strawberry punch and watermelon punch are relatively easy to make with or without alcohol.
To make Kill Devil Hills punch, fill a pitcher with 9 ounces of amber rum and 6 ounces of pineapple juice. Add 4 ounces of lime juice and 5 ounces of simple syrup before chilling the mixture for at least one hour.
After the punch is chilled and the flavors have melded, stir and strain the mixture into a punch bowl. Complete the punch with 5 ounces of chilled champagne or sparkling wine, and garnish with lime wheels and fresh raspberries. A complete recipe for Kill Devil Hills punch is available on FoodAndWine.com as of 2015.
A simple strawberry punch can be made by combining freshly prepared lemonade with strawberry puree or mulled strawberries. For a non-alcoholic punch, finish the beverage with ginger ale. Alternatively, this recipe can be made with sparkling wine and vodka.
Martha Stewart’s watermelon punch offers a creative way to serve a summer party beverage. To make the punch, cut off the top third of a watermelon, and scoop out the flesh. After pureeing the watermelon in a food processor, strain the pulp through a fine sieve. Chill the rind and the juice before combining the juice with seltzer in the body of the watermelon to serve. The complete recipe is available at MarthaStewart.com.
Sparkling wine and vodka work well in place of seltzer in this recipe as well. Consider substituting Sprite or adding simple syrup if you desire a sweeter drink.