Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Thom Driver
You can buy strawberry puree or make it yourself: Blend 16 ounces thawed frozen strawberries in a food processor. Strain through a fine sieve; discard seeds. Serve this refreshing punch with or without alcohol.
Serves 30 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
1. Peel limes with a vegetable peeler, avoiding white pith; place rind and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until rind is roughly broken up and mixed with sugar. Transfer to a zip-top plastic bag; add 1/4 cup water, and seal, pressing out any air. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours, massaging as often as you can. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing on solids; discard solids.
2. Place watermelon, in batches, in a food processor; process until pureed, and pour into a strainer set over a large bowl. Strain, discarding solids. Reserve 14 cups juice. (Save any extra juice for another use.) Place 3 cups watermelon juice in a large ice mold or freezer-safe bowl or in 1-inch ice-cube trays; freeze until solid, about 8 hours.
3. Mix strawberry puree, vinegar, remaining 11 cups watermelon juice, rind mixture, gin (if desired), and tarragon in a large pitcher. Refrigerate punch 2 hours or overnight.
4. Break frozen watermelon juice into rough 1-inch cubes. To serve, add sparkling water to punch. Serve immediately in ice-filled glasses with a frozen watermelon cube.