June 28, 2012

Homemade Watermelon Vodka & Watermelon Knife Giveaway! {Naptime Entertaining}

Watermelon Vodka

When it comes to summer entertaining I am all about the fun cocktails. Last year I talked about my favorite ways to infuse vodka with summer fresh fruit. Last week I picked up this hobby again when we brought home the world’s largest watermelon. (I don’t have actual proof that it was the world’s largest but it felt nearly as heavy as my daughter which is pretty darn big.) After I cut up two bowls worth of fruit and stashed them in the fridge I plopped the remaining chunks in some mason jars and filled them with vodka and a touch of sugar.

Over the past week I’ve stored the jars in the fridge giving them a shake now and then. Yesterday we finally had our first sip. The vodka was perfectly infused with the delicate flavor of sweet summer watermelon. I can already tell is going to make the perfect cocktail for the Fourth. In fact, it took a lot of restraint not to mix up a watermelon vodka cooler then and there during my taste test! Thankfully, if only due to the fact that I was in a rush I was able to restrain and save it for next week.

I have to add a note here that one of my new favorite summer kitchen gadgets is this awesome watermelon knife! I am giving away one to help all of you with your watermelon carving needs!

Watermelon Knife

 

To enter to win:

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to enjoy watermelon.

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4) Contest runs from June 28th at 7am ET through July 5th at 7:00am ET. Winner will be announced in the July 6th newsletter!

Recipe

Homemade Watermelon Vodka

Ingredients

2 cups watermelon cups

Good quality vodka

1 tablespoon granulated sugar per mason jar

Instructions

Pack the watermelon into each mason jar until the jar is filled to the rim. Pour in one tablespoon of sugar and fill the jar to the top with vodka. Screw the lid onto the jar tightly and gently shake the jar to agitate watermelon and the sugar. Store the jars in a cool, dry place, or the refrigerator, and agitate them every day for about three to four days. Strain the liquid through a few layers of cheesecloth to remove the watermelon and the seeds. Serve.

 

 

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  • April V

    I love to eat it freshly cut right by the pool! :)

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  • Harrison

    watermelon is delicious with some ice and strawberries in a slushie!

  • Angela M.

    Cut into chunks and cold.

  • Denise

    Cut up and cool.

  • Jenn

    Watermelon-peach tomato salsa with tortilla chips is a
    refreshing snack on a hot summer day! It’s one of my many favorite ways to
    enjoy watermelon. Below, I have included a link for this delicious recipe. 
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/watermelon-peach-salsa-50400000113916/ 

  • Cris

    My favorite way to eat watermelon is the way my grandfather made it for me. Cut a huge slice and top it with salt!  My 2 daughters love it any way you fix it, they ask for it every day and have talked their grandmother into growing some in her garden.  So, this knife would be a wonderful thing at our house! 

  • Debbiefabre

    I like my watermellon straight up…no salt, ice cold, seedless, and super sweet.

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  • latanya

    I let in sit in the fridge for a little while, then cut it up and eat it.

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  • MommaMary

    I love eating watermelon at a picnic with juice running down my arm and having seed spitting contests with the grandkids. (I’m the fun gramma!)   Also like making a juice drink with it, so very good.   In a fruit salad. 

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  • Bekah

    I subscribe on facebook and through newsletter.  I love eating watermelon balled up in fruit salad.  It is fantastic though pretty much any way you eat it and I can’t wait to try all the fun watermelon recipes.

  • Maya

    Nothing says Summer than ice cold watermelon slices and children with red faces!

  • Rbschaeffer

    On a summer day or night on the porch looking at the lake — counting down to August!

  • Jal227

    watermelon ice–puree, freeze, and enjoy!

  • Jacqui

    My favorite way to enjoy watermelon is just by itself!! So delicious!

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  • Dee Hudson

    I am subscribed to Kelsey on FB and receive The Naptime Chef newsletter.  My favorite way to enjoy watermelon is to ice it down for a couple of hours and then slice and enjoy fresh – maybe a little bit of salt sprinkled on too.

  • Sue

    I am subscribed in both places….I love a watermellon Margarita and I also enjoy it cool & cut up in chunks…it is my favorite fruit! Yum!

  • seasonic

    I love watermelon in a fresh fruit salad with other melons.

  • Nicolette

    Watermelon at the beach is the best. 

  • Marita Perez

    Just watermelon with some salt on it. 

  • http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com/ Alice

    I love making watermelon granitas! :) Or having a watermelon italian soda… those are pretty delicious as well! 

  • Psrrn

    Iced cold sprinkled with salt.

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  • Kari Judd

    I enjoy watermellon any way I can!

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  • http://www.countrychicchronicles.com/ Dr2baka

    I like the basic watermelon with a sprinkle of salt. 

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  • CM

    Best summer snack: Grilled watermelon chunks with a dash of hot sauce, balsamic creme, or moscatel vinegar.

  • Hannah M.

    I don’t think watermelon needs any help at all-I like it best plain, cold from the fridge!

  • Michelle D

    Cut up fresh with nothing added to it. So tasty and good for you! :)

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  • Jennifer A.

    Normally I like to enjoy it outdoors on the porch, but your infused vodka sounds like a better way to enjoy watermelon!

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  • Miranda

    I like plain, chilled watermelon

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  • dee Furr

    I love watermelon in smoothies.  Subscriber, facebook follower

  • Sarah Hawkins Pinchers

    I love watermelon just as it is… Straight off the rind!!

  • Sarah

    I think your watermelon Vodka may be my new favorite way!

  • ginger c

    on a kabob! And of course your vodka watermelon cocktail in my glass!

  • Slisgi

    I can see discarding the seeds, and I assume (careful with that word) the watermelon is to be eaten, but what about the vodka infused with watermelon flavor? Drink, pour down the drain, what? Has anyone tried this?

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Actually the vodka is supposed to be enjoyed as a drink. The infused watermelon cubes are a bonus.