Watermelon is ubiquitous at summer cookouts and gatherings, and when it's infused with liquor, it takes the fruit to a whole new level of fun. Also known as a drunken watermelon, the recipe calls for simply placing a bottle of vodka (or other liquor) into a whole watermelon and letting it slowly seep into the fruit. When it's ready, just cut the melon into pieces and enjoy eating this delicious boozy summer treat.
This easy project takes a day to create (which is much faster than making watermelon-infused vodka) and only requires vodka, the melon, and a few tools such as dish towels, a marker, a sharp knife, and a long-handled spoon for scooping out some of the flesh. When serving, be sure to label as "adults only" to keep the kids away, and let your guests know that the watermelon slices have vodka in them so no one's surprised.
Gather the ingredients and tools.
Secure your watermelon on the table using towels or cloth napkins to keep it from rolling. Remove the cap from the vodka bottle to use as a template for the hole. With a marker, draw a circle around the cap on the top of the watermelon. Check to make sure the circle is slightly larger than the widest part of the vodka bottle's neck.
Cut around the circle with a knife, digging deep into the melon's flesh. Remove this chunk of rind and flesh and reserve to use as a plug later.
Use a long-handled spoon to scoop out enough melon so the vodka bottle's neck can fit inside the hole. Don't worry if you don't go deep enough; you will be able to gently push the bottle in deeper if necessary.
Rotate the watermelon about 90 degrees so the hole is now on the side. If you place the melon close to the edge of the counter, you can rotate it even more, angling it toward the floor while keeping the hole in sight. Moving quickly, place the bottle of vodka in the hole of the watermelon.
Rotate the watermelon back up so the bottle is upright (but upside down); it should fit securely and be able to stand up without falling over.
Allow the vodka and melon to rest at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. The vodka will slowly filter into the watermelon's flesh as it rests. You may not use all of the vodka; the amount will depend on how juicy and large the melon is.
When you're ready, quickly remove the vodka bottle; you can rotate the melon again to make this easier. Be ready to use your finger or a towel as a stopper on the bottle to prevent spills. Place the piece of watermelon saved as a stopper into the hole.
Put your vodka-infused watermelon in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours. When ready to serve, simply cut the watermelon into slices as normal.
- Because this technique requires balance and a long bottleneck, choose a vodka in a standard tall bottle.
- Wrapping the bottom of your watermelon with a large towel will prevent the melon from sliding around on the table while you work with it. It will also catch any spills.
- If you want to make drunken watermelon in winter, find a market that imports mini watermelons (about the size of a cantaloupe). You will need to buy an appropriately sized vodka bottle; a half-pint (200 milliliters) is about perfect.
- Choose a flavored vodka, such as citrus or berry, to add more flavor to your watermelon.
- You can use rum or tequila instead of the vodka. Just keep in mind the preferred bottle shape; tequila, in particular, tends to be in stout, short-necked bottles which will be difficult to use. You can always funnel the liquor into a clean, long-neck bottle.
- The same technique can be used with other melons. Just keep in mind that watermelon is often bigger, so you will need less vodka for a cantaloupe or honeydew melon.
Can You Get Drunk From Spiked Watermelon?
Because the fruit has soaked up alcohol, eating a slice of the spiked watermelon is equivalent to drinking a cocktail and therefore should be consumed in moderation.