Wonderful Watermelon

Raise a glass to the wonderful watermelon.

Friday was National Watermelon Day!

Watermelon is the quintessential summertime treat. It’s synonymous with swim parties, picnics and lazy afternoons.

There are lots of ways to serve up watermelon. One can make melon balls, Slushies, and slices. You can even carve one into a cute little basket or "baby carriage" as a vessel for other fruit. There is no end to the creative ways you can serve watermelon.

When I lived in Arizona, one of my favorite days of the week was Watermelon Wednesday at a local bar. The bartender was a gifted man who made the world’s best watermelon shots. They were a $1 a piece and very drinkable. It was altogether a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Another favorite, was the “drunken watermelon.” Some industrious fraternity boy had figured out that if a cold watermelon was good, a watermelon infused with vodka was even better!

This is not fare for children, so if you made a drunken watermelon, be sure that it’s at the adult’s table only. Give yourself a few days to prepare the watermelon ahead of time.

Drunken Watermelon


  • Watermelon (personal size is fun, but you can use a bigger size)
  • Sharp Knife
  • Small Bottle of Vodka


Cut a one inch plug from the watermelon. Reserve. A small amount at a time, pour vodka into the opening. Refrigerate between pours.  Walk away if you have to and come back at a later time.  Slowly over the course of a couple hours, continue to pour the contents of the vodka bottle into the watermelon.

Refrigerate and serve cold.


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