How to Make Summer Watermelon Punch for a 1940s Party

A 1940s beach party might conjure images of chaste bathing suits and innocent fun, but even the party people of yesteryear had a few tricks up their sleeves. One of the best: spiked watermelon. It may seem like an invention of the Girls Gone Wild era, but beachgoers have been pouring vodka into their watermelons since Joe Francis’ parents were in diapers.

Times have changed since LIFE photographed this spiked watermelon party in 1948, but the recipe is still as simple as ever: about 3...

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