Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing and boozy watermelon! In this guide, we'll teach you how to infuse watermelon with vodka, turning it into the ultimate party treat. And, as always, we'll be providing you with everything you need to know about vodka along the way, because after all, we are the Vodka Doctors. So grab your favorite vodka, a juicy watermelon, and let's get started!
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How To Infuse Watermelon With Vodka Table of Contents
Choosing Your Vodka and Watermelon
As with any recipe, choosing quality ingredients will make a difference in the final product. You don't need to spend a fortune on vodka, but selecting a mid-range to premium brand will enhance the taste of your infused watermelon. As for the watermelon, choose a seedless variety for convenience and make sure it's ripe - a ripe watermelon will have a deep green color and sound hollow when you tap it.
Some Vodka Suggestions:
- Tito's (for a gluten-free option)
- Grey Goose
- Ketel One
Preparing Your Watermelon
Before infusing, you'll need to prepare your watermelon. Here's a simple way to do it:
- Place the watermelon on a stable cutting board.
- With a sharp knife, carefully cut a small circle (about 2 inches in diameter) around the stem, creating a 'plug'.
- Remove the plug and use a melon baller or spoon to gently scoop out a small amount of watermelon flesh, creating a small cavity. Be careful not to puncture the watermelon's skin.
- Set the plug aside, as you'll be using it to seal the watermelon later.
Infusing the Watermelon with Vodka
Now comes the fun part - adding the vodka! Here's how:
- Place the watermelon into a large bowl or baking dish (to catch any spills).
- Hold the vodka bottle upside down, with the bottle's opening submerged in the cavity you created.
- Allow the vodka to slowly pour into the watermelon - the process may take some time as the vodka needs to be absorbed by the watermelon.
- Periodically check the watermelon and replenish it with more vodka if necessary, until the entire bottle has been absorbed (or stop earlier if you prefer a less boozy watermelon).
- Once you're satisfied with the amount of vodka in your watermelon, replace the plug, securing it with toothpicks or small skewers if needed.
- Refrigerate the watermelon for at least 12 hours, or overnight to allow time for the vodka to infuse throughout the fruit evenly.
How To Infuse Watermelon With Vodka Example:
For a tasty twist on the classic vodka-infused watermelon, try adding some fresh herbs or fruits to your infusion. A few sprigs of mint or basil can add depth of flavor, while adding some fresh berries or citrus slices can create a fruity, refreshing cocktail. Simply add your chosen ingredients to the watermelon cavity alongside the vodka, and proceed as usual with the infusion process. Remember to remove any added ingredients before serving, and watch your guests be amazed by your boozy creation!
And there you have it – a delicious vodka-infused watermelon to enjoy at your next summer gathering. Not only is this treat refreshing and tasty, but it's also a fun conversation starter! Don't forget to check out our other guides on Vodka Doctors for more fantastic vodka-based recipes, tips, and brand recommendations. If you found this guide helpful, please feel free to share it with your friends and family. Who knows, you might just start a new summer tradition!