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:
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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