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.

2) Sign up for The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper right hand corner).

3) Subscribe to Kelsey Banfield on Facebook

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!


Homemade Watermelon Vodka


2 cups watermelon cups

Good quality vodka

1 tablespoon granulated sugar per mason jar


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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