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Spiked Watermelon Balls

Spiked Watermelon Balls

Not your grandmother's melon balls! These Spiked Watermelon Balls pack a punch of rum and a twist of lime. There are many types of melon ballers that give different shapes, so experiment in the kitchen and drench in a curtain of summer rum for adult fun!

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  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup light rum
  • 1/3 Cup lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/4 small, ripe watermelon

Fresh Approach Cooking

More people come here looking for a recipe for vodka spiked/infused watermelon than any other reason.

So in the interest of helping out you people who want to fill that gourd so you can be out of your gourd, I thought I would reprint that recipe. Enjoy!

1 bottle (750 ml) vodka (I suggest you use Smirnoff. Trust me. It’s the best mid range mixer vodka)
1 10 lb. or larger, chilled, whole, watermelon, with seeds if you can (seedless doesn't work as well.)

Cut a plug from the watermelon about 2-inches deep and the shape of the bottle opening. (I held the cap against the melon and traced it with the knife to get the exact size the cut should be) Save the plug (rind) that you cut out. Push a long wooden spoon handle into the hole. Cut another plug about 20 degrees from where you cut the first one. Save that cut out too. This is just for air flow, you will just plug this hole up when you are done.

Turn the bottle (carefully and slow) upside down and stick it into the first hole you cut into the melon. Push it down tight. Let it drain in. If your melon takes the vodka fairly fast, you can push the plugs back in. Also do this if you want to transport it. If not eaten in 2 days will become very mushy.

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Spiked Watermelon Fireballs

  1. Soak watermelon balls in Fireball at least one hour, or up to 24 hours.
  2. Enjoy soaked watermelon balls or place one watermelon ball in a shot glass and pour extra Fireball whiskey to cover.
  3. Please enjoy responsibly!

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Cook's Notes:

For a large batch (about 20 servings), mix together 46 fluid ounces pineapple juice, 46 fluid ounces orange juice, 34 fluid ounces raspberry vodka, one 750-milliliter bottle coconut rum, 46 spiked melon balls, and 1 bottle of grenadine syrup (optional add a splash to each serving).

Use your favorite melon in this recipe: watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe.

Frozen grapes are excellent substitutes for ice cubes and won't water down the drink. The grapes will slowly thaw, then absorb some of the alcohol.

You could stir or make this into a frozen cocktail instead of shaking it, then add the spiked melon balls.

If you want to add sweetness without using the grenadine syrup, make a simple syrup by boiling together equal amounts of water and sugar into a clear, thick syrup.

Use your favorite premium brand of rum, vodka, and juices. We highly suggest staying away from no-name or cheap alcohol. Substitute pomegranate, watermelon, or marshmallow vodka for the raspberry vodka if desired.

How to Make a Watermelon Fruit Bowl:

The most important step in making a watermelon fruit bowl is making the bowl itself out of an actual watermelon. Buy a seedless watermelon from the store. Cut it in half either lengthwise or crosswise (depending on what shape you’d like your bowl to be).

You’ll notice that the (round) watermelon half might be a little wobbly when you try to set it on your work surface. There’s a solution for that! Just cut a thin slice on the bottom of the watermelon to create a flat area on which the watermelon can sit.

Then you’ll take a knife and gently cut around the edge of the watermelon half- near the rind. Then take a knife or a flat ice cream scoop or large spoon to cut out chunks of the watermelon until you have created a nice bowl inside the watermelon half. You can then cut the watermelon into chunks to use in the salad. Repeat with the other half if you’d like to make two bowls!

Add the fruit to the bowl. At this point, you have three choices for how to serve this. Serve it as a fruit bowl just the way it is (without any alcohol), make a lime simple syrup and drizzle that on top, or make the liquored up simple syrup and drizzle that on top.

If you’re making the liquored up version, be sure to serve it at an adults-only party… or keep it safe out of reach of the little ones who like their fruit. It’s a fun summer dish to serve, but it’s definitely not for the kids!

If you’re looking for more salad recipes that are fun to serve in the summer, try my Grilled Corn Salad, Triple Berry Salad with Sugared Almonds or this Summer Wild Rice Salad. Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad and Tzatziki Salad are good choices too!

If you're looking for a refreshing frozen drink, then this is the one for you!


¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

2 cups cantaloupe melon balls


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with a mint sprig.


In a mixing glass or small pitcher, pour the vodka, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice.

  • If you like, feel free to shake this shot with ice. It will have an extra effervescence that stirring doesn't provide.
  • Since it's only a 1 1/2-ounce shooter, you can easily make three or four at one time. Just increase the ingredients proportionally, line up the shot glasses on your bar, and fill each glass, pouring down the line.

What Type of Vodka Should I Use?

Shots are drunk quickly, so the choice of vodka is not as important in this drink as it would be in a cocktail. However, to help it go down smoother, it's always a good idea to choose your vodka wisely. The great news is that there are many great-tasting vodkas available that don't cost a fortune. From New Amsterdam to Svedka, it's rather easy to find a clean-tasting and budget-friendly vodka for drinks like this.

If you want to add a little extra flavor to your melon ball shots, pick a flavored vodka. Stick with fruit flavors like strawberry, raspberry, or citrus to add a new twist. Since the shot includes pineapple, a coconut vodka would be a lot of fun as well. It's also a good recipe for your favorite marshmallow vodka.

Turn It Into a Cocktail

This recipe is so easy and such a delicious drink that you might just want to enjoy it as a taller cocktail. Sipping on the sweet mix of pineapple and melon is a fantastic way to enjoy happy hour or a summer afternoon on the patio. All you need to do is increase the recipe.

Start with a shot (1 1/2 ounces) of vodka, then pour 3/4 ounce each of the melon liqueur and pineapple juice. Give the mix a good shake and strain it into a cocktail glass or over fresh ice in a highball glass. Topping it off with a little club soda or ginger ale is an excellent idea as well.

How Strong Is a Melon Ball Shot?

This shot not only tastes great, but it's also one of the lightest shooters you can mix up. On average, its alcohol content is just 17 percent ABV (34 proof), or slightly stronger than wine. Do be careful, though—the sweet taste can trick you into drinking more, and a few rounds will add up.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Last week when my girlfriend was over we went to one of the casinos (They offer free swimming for NV residents. Score!) and we ordered this fun boozy lemonade drink. I knew instantly that I wanted to create a fun and refreshing drink we could have at home.

When I think of a refreshing fruit my mind instantly goes to watermelon. Watermelon is that fruit that can cool you off and make you feel refreshed. I love having a big bowl of watermelon on a hot sunny day. I knew I had to incorporate watermelon in a drink.

Since working at Hot Dog on a Stick as a kid I’ve always loved lemonade, so I thought what better way then to add those two together and have a refreshing delicious drink. You can add the vodka in to make it boozy or you could simply add some ginger ale to make it a virgin drink. Either way this is one drink you won’t want to pass up this summer.

Spiked Melon Ball Slushies

Melon Balls have always been one of my favorite cocktails.

If you’ve never had one, they’re sort of one of those drinks you order when you just turn 21 and haven’t quite gotten the taste for vodka tonics, or when you want something fruity and sweet but different from a standard daiquiri or pina colada.

Syrupy sweet and classically mixed with melon liquor, vodka, orange or pineapple juices, and topped with a maraschino cherry, Melon Balls are an awesome drink to enjoy while sipping on sunset cocktails with your gal pals.

Of course I can’t just post a regular ole drink recipe without giving it a little added oomph, so I zipped it up a notch by creating a frozen take on the classic cocktail by using melon vodka and homemade honeydew melon ice cubes…which are so much simpler than they sound.

All you have to do is scoop the honeydew melon into balls (or cut into chunks) then follow my super easy and basic tips on how to freeze fruit. If you’re in a rush, you can totes bypass the frozen honeydew all together and use ice instead, but I will tell you this: You will be losing out on a mouthful of refreshing flavor of melon ball madness that I promise is too good to miss.

Tequila peaches

Thomasina Miers’s tequila roast peaches and toasted cornbread. Photograph: Yuki Sugiura/The Guardian. Food styling: Valerie Berry

Just as good, if not quite as indulgent, are Miers’ tequila peaches, which are roasted in butter and cream and served with homemade cornbread and vanilla ice-cream. Miers recommends roasting the peaches on the embers of a dying barbecue, but it’s cold and everyone has got used to staying indoors, so an oven is also fine.

Watch the video: Spiked Watermelon Balls (January 2022).