Watermelon Vodka

Learn how to make watermelon vodka
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Ratings (7)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Infusion Time: 120 hrs
  • Yield: 25 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
120 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Watermelon and vodka make a perfect pair for summer parties. It's super easy to make your own watermelon vodka at home. All you need is your favorite bottle of vodka, a fresh watermelon, and a week for the infusion. This is a great way to use up leftover watermelon after a summer picnic.

The vodka doesn't have to be the best or the most expensive in your liquor cabinet. Instead, feel free to choose one of the budget-friendly vodkas that have a smooth, clean taste. With the addition of the watermelon, you won't notice the difference or break the bank while experimenting.

Once your watermelon infusion is done, you can use the vodka in a variety of cocktails. For instance, use it to ramp up the flavor of any watermelon cocktail or to give your favorite vodka martinis a melon twist. It can even be used in simple drinks: top a shot of watermelon vodka with ginger ale or lemonade, or both for a refreshing afternoon beverage.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
  • 1/2 small watermelon (cubed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a clean, quart-sized infusion jar with a tight seal, place the cubed watermelon.

  3. Pour the vodka over the fruit and shake a few times.

  4. Seal the lid and store the jar in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 days. Shake it once or twice a day. Beginning on the third day, test the flavor of the infusion daily.

  5. Once the watermelon flavor is to your taste, strain the watermelon from the vodka. You may need to strain twice or use a cheesecloth to remove all of the fruit and seeds.

  6. Wash the jar and return the flavored vodka to it. Store as you would any other vodka.

  7. Mix the watermelon vodka into cocktails and enjoy!

Tips

  • It's best to cut the rind off the melon to maximize space and flavor. If you end up having less watermelon than you'd like, leave the infusion for a few extra days to strengthen the flavor. 

  • A quart-sized jar will hold almost 950 ml. That leaves plenty of room for the fruit and an entire bottle of vodka.

  • While there are many fancy infusion jars available, an old-fashioned mason jar is often the best choice. They're cheap, have a wide mouth that's easy to work with, and are useful for other projects.

  • If you save the original vodka bottle, reuse it for your finished infusion. Clean it out, remove the label and even create your own custom label. It makes a great hostess gift!

Variations

  • Make a melon vodka medley by adding other types of melon to the infusion. Canteloupe, honeydew, or any melon can be added to create your own custom blend. The infusion time should not be any different than with watermelon alone.

  • If you like, add other fruits like mango or berries to the infusion. Herbs like basil and lemongrass are nice flavor pairing options as well. When doing these flavor experiments, begin with a smaller batch and taste it regularly after about 3 days. Once you perfect your custom vodka, then it's time to go big and make a full bottle.

  • Don't be afraid to branch out! This recipe is just as good with white rum or silver tequila. Darker spirits like whiskey will cover up the fruit flavor, but any light liquor is a good option.