Ahh, Ali Baba Watermelon Infused Vodka
- About a pint, more or less, of vodka (any brand you prefer)
- Half of a fresh medium sized watermelon cubed- I used a little less than half of our homegrown Ali Baba watermelon
Sweet, juicy, crisp watermelon in your hands on a sultry summer day sounds sublime. How sublime do the torrents of sticky juice pouring down your forearms, and the half moon rind sliming the sides of your face as you take those very last bites sound? Hmmm….well, that depends on what you prefer, and how fast you want that watermelon. But if you would rather enjoy watermelon differently, simply, skipping the ongoing mess, or storage of large uneaten slices, then watermelon juice may be a better option (see my instructions for Simple Watermelon Juice). Best, though, is using half of a watermelon for juice and the other half for something else, like infusing it with vodka.
First, cube about half of a medium watermelon or a whole small watermelon and place the chunks in a glass container. I used a wide mouthed glass liter bottle with a snap lid.
Pour enough vodka in the bottle so it covers all of the watermelon chunks.
Place the cap on and shake slowly from one end to the other or stir and let it sit in a dry room temperature or cool place for about a week. I let mine sit for seven days.
After about a week, strain the vodka out and pour it back into a clean glass bottle (or the one you just used, sans watermelon chunks).
Put the remaining watermelon chunks in the blender and about half of a cup of water and blend. Pour the blended watermelon mixture into ice trays and freeze.
Store the watermelon infused vodka in the refrigerator rather than the freezer. The water from the watermelon will cause the liquor to turn into half frozen slush in the freezer.
Once the blended watermelon is frozen, or in solid slush form, pop the cubes out of the trays and store them in a gallon size zip lock bag in the freezer for drinks later on.
For one blended alcohol beverage- blend a couple of watermelon vodka ice cubes with a shot of vodka infused with watermelon and a couple of mint leaves. Pour into a cute martini glass with a sugar rim, short wide straw, and a mint leaf garnish.
For one simple alcohol beverage, such as a Monday eraser- simply add a watermelon vodka ice cube to a shot of watermelon infused vodka and a splash of soda water.
There are so many ways to enjoy this! I prefer the simple ingredients, savoring the fresh sweet flavors of our homegrown Ali Baba watermelons and mint leaves. Enjoy it my way, or better yet, yours!