When you’re cooking out, it’s always a good idea to have a few things on the menu that are quick to prep and guaranteed to impress. That’s why I love these booze-soaked watermelon slices. It takes about 10 minutes to prep, and then you just toss them into the fridge.
I think my favorite part of this recipe has to be the dash of vermouth. Vermouth is essentially a mixture of brandy and either dry or sweet wine. A mere tablespoon in the vodka simple syrup is all it takes to add a load of depth without making the watermelon taste more like booze than fruit.
Boozy watermelon slices recipe
If you’re serving a large group, triple the recipe, and use red, orange and yellow watermelons for a pop of color.
Serves 4 – 6
Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- 1 small watermelon, cut into 1-inch-thick slices of any shape
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup vodka
- 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
- 2 lemons, zested and halved
- Himalayan sea salt or coarse salt
- In 2 – 3 shallow baking dishes, arrange your watermelon slices in a single layer, and set aside. If you prefer, you can use a spoon to gently remove as many seeds as you can (if you didn’t buy seedless).
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the sugar, water, vodka and vermouth to a boil, and cook it, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 1 minute). Allow it to cool slightly.
- Pour the syrup over the watermelon slices.
- Cover, and place them in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (longer if desired), flipping them halfway through to ensure both sides are equally soaked.
- Carefully remove the watermelon from the syrup, allowing excess syrup to drip off, and arrange them on a platter. Squeeze a bit of lemon over each slice. Garnish with Himalayan sea salt and a bit of lemon zest.
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