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- 1 bottle (.75 liter) of vodka
- 1 large watermelon
1If your watermelon doesn’t have a flat side that allows it to rest securely on the counter, slice a small portion of the rind off lengthwise to create a flat surface and stabilize it.
2Remove the cap from your vodka and use it to trace a hole on the top-center of your watermelon. Carefully cut around the circle with a sharp knife and remove the piece of watermelon rind. This is where the neck of the vodka bottle will fit while the fruit infuses. Save the piece of rind to use as a plug for later if you will be transporting the watermelon.
3Use a spoon to hollow out the area inside the hole so that there is room for the entire neck of the bottle of vodka. To test the fit, put the cap back on the bottle and turn it upside down, inserting the entire neck of the bottle into the watermelon. Make sure it can rest securely in this position.
4Take the bottle out of the watermelon and remove the cap. Right now the hole in the watermelon should be facing up towards you. Rotate the watermelon away from you about 90° so that the hole is facing straight out to the side. Carefully angle the open bottle of vodka and fully insert the neck of the bottle into the watermelon, moving quickly to minimize spilling. TIP: Do this at the edge of a table or counter so you can rotate the watermelon more than 90° so that it points downward. That way you can fit the neck of the bottle into the hole while the bottle is mostly upright.
5Carefully rotate the watermelon back to its original stabilized position so that the hole is pointing upward again. The bottle should now be completely inverted into the watermelon.
How to Make a Vodka Watermelon
Wow your party guests by serving a refreshing drunken watermelon. Giving a party-friendly fruit a boozy twist, vodka watermelons are a unique novelty drink-snack-combo worth trying. Try injecting the whole fruit with vodka or preparing a punch to serve in the hollowed-out watermelon right. Whichever way you choose to serve your vodka watermelon, it’ll be a showstopper at your next party, picnic, or barbeque. Just be sure you inform your fellow party-goers that the watermelon contains alcohol so that everyone can enjoy it responsibly.
Infusing a Whole Watermelon
Trace a circle onto the watermelon rind using your vodka bottle’s cap. A day or 2 before your party, pick up a whole, seedless watermelon and a bottle of vodka with a slender neck. Set the watermelon on a serving tray or in a bowl so that it sits completely still. Open the bottle and use the cap to trace a circle onto the top side of the watermelon using a pen.
- It’s important to make sure your watermelon sits still without rolling over. If it’s not stable, you’ll end up with a sloshy, pink mess in your refrigerator!
- Cut a thin slice from the rind at the base of the watermelon, if necessary, so that it doesn’t rock back and forth or spin around. But just don’t cut deep into the edible flesh or else the watermelon might leak.
- It may take between 12 and 24 hours to fully infuse the watermelon, so be sure to plan ahead.
Cut out the circle to create a hole in the watermelon
Use a narrow kitchen knife or a pumpkin carving tool to cut out the hole you just traced. Pierce through the rind and cut down through the greenish-white layer until you reach the pink part.
- Keep the cut-out piece of watermelon to use as a plug if you intend to transport the watermelon, or feel free to discard it.
Poke holes into the pink watermelon flesh using a skewer
Extend the pointed end of a barbeque skewer into the round hole you just cut. Press it into the watermelon, puncturing the pink fleshy part as if you’re aerating it. Repeat this a few dozen times until you’ve created plenty of spots for the alcohol to seep into.
- Avoid pushing the skewer through the other side of the rind as the vodka might seep out.
- This step is essential in creating a successful vodka watermelon. If you skip it, the alcohol won’t really seep into the fruit at all.
Pour vodka into the watermelon through a funnel
It takes a while for the vodka to soak into the watermelon, so don’t just shove the bottle into the hole and expect it to work. Instead, set a funnel into the round hole at the top of the watermelon. Pour vodka into the funnel until it fills up, then leave the watermelon in the refrigerator while the liquid seeps in.
- Try adding about 0.5 to 1 c (120 to 240 mL) of vodka during each pour.
- Press the base of the funnel gently into the pink flesh to help stabilize it.
- If you have a 10 lb (4.5 kg) watermelon, it’ll absorb around 3 c (710 mL) of vodka total. This could take between 3 to 6 pours, depending on the size of your funnel.
Wait until the vodka seeps into the watermelon before refilling the funnel
Once the vodka from your first pour has soaked into the holes in your watermelon, you can refill it once again. Repeat this process a few times until the watermelon is totally saturated.
- If the vodka from your first pour doesn’t seep in after 3 or 4 hours, try poking more holes into the flesh using a skewer, or use a spoon to break up and scoop out some of the flesh to create more space.
- You’ll know the watermelon is full when it stops absorbing more vodka and your funnel doesn’t drain out.
- Once the watermelon has been totally infused with vodka, you’ll see a sloshy pink liquid inside instead of the firm melon flesh.
Refrigerate your vodka watermelon overnight before the party
Serve the vodka watermelon drink immediately after removing it from the fridge
This novelty drink is best served chilled, so don’t let it sit out for very long. Have someone hold a cup over the hole in the watermelon rind. Then tip the whole watermelon over to pour out the drink. Do this carefully, but have fun making a spectacle of your novelty cocktail and its dispenser!
- If you’d like, pop the overturned vodka bottle into the hole for a fun display. Just keep the cap on so you don’t overfill the watermelon and make a mess.
- You won’t be able to slice and serve watermelon chunks; the result of this process will be a boozy fruit juice.
- Avoid putting a tap into the hole; fruit chunks will clog it up.