As seedless watermelons begin to arrive in stores everywhere, you should also be on the lookout for some fresh mint leaves to enjoy this refreshing cocktail. Carving out a watermelon and infusing melon balls in vodka is so easy and usually irresistible for any guests. The mint can either be infused into the mixture for a stronger effect, or added separately to customize each drink.
- 1 medium watermelon
- 1.75 Liter bottle Ketel One vodka
- 1 quart white cranberry juice
- 1 bundle of fresh mint leaves
- Cut watermelon in half to create 2 bowl-shaped melons. On the bottom round side of each half, slice off a small piece of the rind. This adds stability to the bowl.
- Using a melon baller, carve out the flesh until both halves are hollow, keeping melon balls in a bowl temporarily. Place any extra non-balled watermelon in a blender and blend into a juice.
- Pour vodka and blended watermelon juice into bowls equally. Add as many reserved melon balls as the space will allow. Roughly chop mint leaves and add to mixture at this point if you want a strong mint flavor. Store extra vodka and watermelon in a container for later refilling.
- Place bowls in refrigerator and allow the watermelon soak up the vodka for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight if you can plan accordingly.
- For each drink, add add 3 skewered infused melon balls to each glass. In a martini shaker, combine equal parts infused vodka, white cranberry juice, ice and freshly chopped mint leaves. Shake thoroughly and pour into prepared glasses.