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Vodka Infused Watermelon Martini

Many, many years ago when I was living in New York, my best friend came to visit NY with her boyfriend at the time.  He was originally from New York, and they were there to celebrate his birthday on Fire Island.  

Before the big birthday bash on Fire Island, we met up in NYC for a night of dinner and drinks.  The night, which I will never forget, was extremely stormy.  Warm night + rain = Summer in New York!  The other thing I won’t forget about the night was the great restaurant we went to in the city.  I loved it.  I don’t recall the name, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even exist anymore, but I loved the decor.   The walls were exposed brick, and on them were these vodka infused drink dispensers.  I will never forget the vodka infused watermelon martini I had.  

This time of year, it’s hard not to want to have a cocktail or two like this.  It’s fruity, it’s refreshing, and it’s delicious. And it’s the perfect time to put those martini glasses to good use.  But you’ll probably have to dust them off first!

Okay, let the fun begin!

What you’ll need:

Watermelon

Sugar

Good Vodka (Ketel One or Grey Goose)

Mason Jar or Drink Dispenser  – Depending on the size or your crowd, you can use mason jars for 1-2 people, or a large drink dispenser for a large crowd.  

Strainer (a cocktail strainer will work)

Do you have trouble picking the right watermelon?  Choose a watermelon that is heavy and has a cream spot on one of the ends.  It’s sure to be a winner every time!

 Directions for Mason Jar:

1) Slice your watermelon into cubes 

2) Fill your mason jar or drink dispenser with the cubes (if using drink dispenser, no need to fill completely with cubes)

3) Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the jar (if using drink dispenser you’ll need more sugar – estimate)

4) Fill to the top with Vodka

5) Give the jar a good shake

6) Store in the fridge for the next few days.

7) Over the course of 2-3 days, shake the jar around.

8) After waiting patiently for a few days, you can finally strain and serve in a martini glass.  (If you are using a drink dispenser, no need to strain because as you open the spout, that will do the job for you.)

 

I was thinking that the mason jars would make wonderful “Hostess” gifts too.  Just add some cute and colorful fabric to the top of the mason jar, and hang a printed tag from it so they know what it is.  

 

Have any great vodka infused fruit drinks that you’d like to share?  Tell us about them!

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6 Responses to “Vodka Infused Watermelon Martini”

  1. Looks great…refreshing for summer. I like the idea of labels and giving them as gifts. cute!

    • Christine Christine says:

      Shawna, Thank you. It was an after thought really. When I put it in the mason jar and it looked so cute – I thought this would make a fabulous gift and then decided to pretty it up.

  2. Sande Sivani says:

    Gotta make me some of that!!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Once made what is the recommendation for how long it will last? Must be used within a week? Month? 6 months? Thanks!

  4. Anne says:

    How long will this be good for after you have let it sit a few days in fridge?

    • Christine Christine says:

      Hi, Anne and Tiffany. Sorry for the delay in responding to you. Not sure why I just got this today. To be perfectly honest, I let it sit for about a week or so, but anything after that, and it didn’t stand a chance in my fridge. I’d say it should be consumed shortly after you’ve let it do it’s thing.

      Cheers!

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