There's so much to love about summertime: picnics
, and ripe watermelon. The next time you have a backyard barbecue
, consider spiking a couple of nice, juicy watermelons -- one for the grown ups, and one for the kids.
What you'll need:
2 large, ripe seedless watermelons
1 - 2 cups vodka
1 - 2 cups cran-raspberry juice
Carefully cut a round hole about 3 inches in diameter into the rind of the watermelon. If you have trouble prying out the rind, drill into it with a corkscrew as if you were opening a bottle of wine.
: Poke a skewer into the hole several times from different angles. This creates channels to allow the additional liquid you're adding to seep through the melon. Be careful not to poke through through the rind on the other side.
Insert a funnel into the hole and slowly pour in the vodka until it's completely absorbed. Replace the rind plug and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Repeat with the remaining watermelon and juice.
When you're ready to serve, slice the vodka-soaked melon into wedges and arrange on serving platters. Slice the juice-filled melon into matchsticks, a perfect size for little fingers. This little trick also helps let people know which watermelon slices have alcohol and which don't.
This is my tried-and-true method for spiking watermelons, but I've read that food-injectors make the job even easier. If you've tried using an injector, or have other tips on how to quickly spike a melon, let us know in the comments.