Ingredients and supplies:
Fifth of vodka
Cooler of ice or refrigerator
Glass or bowl
This summer, when you go to the store to get a watermelon for the party, pick up two of them – one for the kids and one for the adults. Why can’t everybody share one watermelon? Well, they ordinarily could, but when you prepare a special watermelon treat for the adults, it’s not suitable for kids. Fix the kids up with a watermelon that looks like a hedgehog, a shark, or a pool, but do something much different for the adults’ watermelon. Infuse it with vodka and it will be a real summer treat!
Pick out the melon that you want; it can be a round one or an oblong melon. However, to use a whole fifth of vodka, a large, oblong melon is perfect. Wash the melon on the outside and then punch a hole in one end. A good way to make the hole is to stand the watermelon up on one end. Have someone hold it for you as you cut the hole. Use a sharp knife and cut a cork-size hole at the end that’s up.
Set the cork aside for the moment and, over a bowl or a glass, let the juice of the watermelon run out. That simply allows more room for the melon to soak up the vodka. After the better part of the juice has been drained, turn the melon back on its end, and position the fruit so that the hole is facing upwards. Pour a fifth of vodka into the hole and then cork the melon. It’s important that the removed piece of the watermelon fits snugly back into its original hole.
Fill a cooler half full of ice and lay the watermelon in it. Or, put the fruit in the refrigerator but keep the kids away from it. No matter how you chill the vodka-infused watermelon, it needs to be turned every half-hour or so, so that the vodka evenly distributes throughout the melon. The alcohol should stay in the fruit for at least a couple of hours before you serve it.
Serve the kids their watermelon and send them outside to enjoy it. Meanwhile, you and the grownups sit down and have yours. Drain the excess vodka out by unplugging the cork and pouring it into a glass. Slice the watermelon as you normally would and serve it. The kids will never suspect a thing; it’s a guarantee that you’ll enjoy your watermelon much more than they will theirs!