Easy Vodka Spiked Watermelon Recipe

It's always a good day to enjoy some spirits and fruit, and it doesn't only need to be on Sunday Funday. This recipe for vodka spiked watermelon takes your average watermelon and soaks it in vodka, giving you such a fantastic snack to enjoy with all of your adult counterparts. This refreshing treat would be great to serve on plenty of different occasions, but some that come to mind are tailgates, birthday parties, backyard BBQs, summer holidays, and game days.

Recipe developer Hayley MacLean came up with this beautiful recipe that you need to try for your next big event. "I love how fun this is to serve at a party — it is such a showstopper to slice in front of a crowd, and everyone enjoys it on a hot summer day," MacLean raves. "The sweet watermelon is also very refreshing and goes very well with the vodka making the perfect boozy bite!" Keep reading to find out how to make what's sure to be your new favorite adult cocktail with a twist.

Gather the ingredients for vodka spiked watermelon

In terms of ingredients, this has to be one of the easiest recipes ever, and the easier the better, right? You will only need two items, making your life and shopping adventure a total breeze. It's no secret that the first thing you will need is a watermelon. MacLean recommends a mini seedless watermelon, which can be found in the produce section at your local grocery store. These are a little easier to handle than an average-sized watermelon. The second and final item is vodka, and you will need a 375-milliliter bottle. Feel free to use whatever brand is usually your go-to.

Stabilize the watermelon

Now that you have your ingredients rounded up, it's time to start the party. First, you want to be sure to stabilize your watermelon so it doesn't roll around. You can use a dishcloth or something similar to stabilize it to the surface to prevent it from moving. This is very important, because you definitely don't want that watermelon rolling off the countertop. "The best tip for stabilizing is finding where the watermelon naturally lays on a table without rolling," MacLean suggests. "After this, wrapping it just adds extra stabilization!" 

Trace a circle

Now, it's time to go back to your days in art class. (Ahh, the nostalgia!) But this will be one of the easiest art projects that you will likely ever do. Go ahead and remove the cap from the vodka bottle, and use it to trace a circle around the top of the watermelon. You can simply use a marker for this step. (Don't worry, because you won't be eating the part with marker on it.) Make sure that the hole is just slightly wider than the bottle's neck so it will fit into the watermelon.

Cut out the hole

Now that you have traced your circle, it's time to cut a hole in the watermelon so you can get the vodka in there. Grab a knife that is sharp enough to cut into the skin of the watermelon. (Always remember to be careful when handling a knife and cutting into fruit.) Make sure you go all the way through the rind, and then remove the piece that you cut. Set the "plug" to the side, as you will need it later. There's not much left to do but add the vodka, so keep following along with us! 

Rotate the watermelon, and add vodka

Grab your watermelon, and rotate it so that the hole you made is titled to the side. Then, quickly insert the neck of the vodka bottle into the watermelon, and turn it again so that it's vertical. Now, let the vodka infuse into the watermelon for at least 12 hours. This step is vital, because it takes time for the liquid from the vodka to soak into meat of the watermelon. There's nothing special that you need to do while you wait, and you can just go about your other business, which is pretty great if ask us. 

Remove the bottle, let the watermelon chill, slice, and enjoy

Once you've waited 12 hours, remove the bottle from the watermelon, and be sure to watch out for any spills. Then, replace the plug that you cut out of the rind. Once you've done that, place the watermelon in the fridge for a few hours, and let it chill before you slice and serve it. "I would definitely serve this immediately, as the watermelon can get mushy quickly with the extra liquid inside," MacLean shares. "You may be able to get this to last two to three days by cutting the watermelon into cubes and storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but it will not be as crisp!" 

As far as serving suggestions are concerned, MacLean totally has you covered. "This would be wonderful added to a sangria or another summery mixed drink," she says. "Or, after infusing, you could blend the watermelon with ice cubes and create a boozy watermelon slushy!" Yum!

Easy Vodka Spiked Watermelon Recipe
5 from 32 ratings
This recipe for vodka spiked watermelon takes your average watermelon and soaks it in vodka, giving those who are 21 or up such a stellar snack to enjoy.
Prep Time
Cook Time
sliced watermelon
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1 mini seedless watermelon
  • 1 (375-milliliter) bottle of vodka
  1. Stabilize the watermelon on your work surface using a dishcloth or something similar to keep it from rolling.
  2. Remove the cap from the vodka bottle, and trace a circle around it on the top of the watermelon using a marker. Make sure the hole is just slightly wider than the neck of the bottle.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut around the circle, making sure to get all the way through the tough rind. Remove the "plug" of the rind, and save it for later.
  4. Rotate the watermelon so that the hole is tilted to the side. Quickly insert the neck of the bottle into the watermelon, and then rotate the watermelon so that the bottle is vertical.
  5. Allow the vodka to infuse into the watermelon for at least 12 hours.
  6. After infusing, carefully remove the bottle, being cautious of spills, and replace the "plug" that was cut out of the rind.
  7. Place the watermelon in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill before slicing and serving.
Calories per Serving 362
Total Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 56.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Total Sugars 46.7 g
Sodium 8.1 mg
Protein 4.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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