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Watermelon Basil Martini Jello Shots

Watermelon Basil Martini Jello Shots

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A tiny cube of melon-y, aromatic summer delight! Use either gin or vodka, and add a drop of rosewater if you are feeling frisky!MORE+LESS-

Updated September 25, 2017


lb seedless watermelon chunks (about 2 cups)


fresh basil leaves (large)


tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate, thawed


envelopes unflavored gelatin


cup watermelon basil juice


drop rose water (if desired)


inch thick seedless watermelon slices and fresh basil, for garnish (if desired)

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    Prepare the Watermelon Basil juice: Place watermelon and fresh basil in the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and process until very smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer to remove any solids.

  • 2

    Pour water and limeaid concentrate into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the 2 envelopes of gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

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    Stir in the vodka or gin and watermelon juice. Add rosewater if desired. Pour mixture into loaf pan or molds. Place in refrigerator to cool, several hours or overnight.

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    To serve, cut into desired shapes (or unmold). Cut shapes out of the watermelon slices with a cookie cutter or a sharp knife. Place one shot on each watermelon shape. Makes 18 to 24 jello shots.

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More About This Recipe

  • The weather has been a bit cool and rainy here in Minneapolis.My fingers are crossed for some sunshine, but in the meantime, I’ll make do daydreaming about patio-friendly cocktails. AND Jelly Shots, like this Watermelon Basil Martini Jelly Shot! What could be better on a warm sunny afternoon than a little cube of watermelon and basil scented heaven? I rest my case!I made versions of the jelly shot with both vodka and gin - it works great with either. The experiments didn’t stop there. I used a gin with floral notes, and added a drop of rosewater – which was wonderful. (Important safety tip - a SINGLE drop of the highly potent rosewater will do – it is tempting to use more but trust me, this will only result in a jelly shot that tastes rather bouquet-ish!) The recipe was also tested with mint, which was quite nice!For serving, the jelly shots were cut into 3/4 inch squares and skewered with fresh watermelon (cut into flower shapes with a tiny cookie cutter), and fresh basil. However, serving options abound. The jelly shots could be cut larger and served on a round of watermelon acting as plate for the jelly shot, or served in an appetizer spoon with a little finely chopped watermelon and basil on top, salsa style. Any way you slice it, the fresh watermelon slices and basil add a nice burst of flavor.

Some of the two most delicious parts of summer are eating fruit and enjoying alcohol, and these ‘Watermelon Basil Martini Jelly Shots’ combine the two to make a yummy treat for the hot weather! These alcoholic sweets are a twist on typical alcohol shots and alcohol consumption as a whole.

For those who dread downing a shot of alcohol, why not try concealing the strong taste in a fun jello shot. These ‘Watermelon Basil Martini Jelly Shots’ act as a great way to help hide the bitter aftertaste of alcohol with sweet fruit flavors.

The basil and watermelon flavors complement each other beautifully in this appetizer recipe. The presentation of watermelon pieces cut into floral designs accompanied by pink jello cubes are the perfect addition to any summer dinner party!

How to Serve Watermelon Drinks

There are a couple popular ways to serve watermelon drinks that will take your party to the next level.

  1. The first way is a hollowed out watermelon. If you&aposre using fresh watermelon for your recipe, make sure to slice the watermelon in half neatly and then reserve one of the halves to fill with the finished beverage.
  2. The second way is a watermelon keg. They&aposre all the rage these days, which means that you may have seen them at parties or at least seen pictures of them on Pinterest. You can take the spigot off a drink dispenser with a spigot that unscrews or you can purchase a spigot or dedicated melon tap. The concept may seem a bit overwhelming, but there are lots of detailed step-by-step instructions available online. Once you&aposve made a couple of them, you&aposll be very comfortable with the process. Get started with a tutorial from Good Housekeeping.

Non-Alcoholic Watermelon Drinks

Watermelon Rosé Jello Shots

Summer is upon us and I think it’s the best time to try a new cocktail, don’t you? Rosé is a summer favorite for many, so I thought why not turn it into a jello shot! I paired the wine with watermelon for this shot and I love the combination for summer! Jello shots are a fun way to liven up a party or summer cookout. Bring a batch to your next get together and everyone will thank you!

These shots use cold pressed watermelon juice as the base. I got it in the refrigerated section of the produce area at my local grocery store. The cold pressed juice doesn’t have any pulp or seeds so it makes a nice base for this shot. You can also make your own watermelon juice if you prefer, it just takes a little longer! I have a recipe for that here, if you’re interested!

The watermelon juice is not a strong flavor in this shot as the rosé flavor kinds of takes over. However, in my opinion, rosé is not a very sweet wine (compared with my favorite, Riesling, for example!) and you can definitely tell in this shot! If you use a dry rosé, or just prefer a sweeter shot, I would recommend adding some sugar.

I used mint leaves for garnish on these shots. Many people like the flavor of watermelon with basil as well, so you could also chop up some basil leaves for garnish instead! If you want a stronger mint flavor, try adding the mint leaves in to the juice as it heats up, which will help infuse the flavor into the shot a little more. Or you could just leave the garnish off completely and have a nice pink shot!

Cut Watermelon Ends

Once the gelatin is firm, cut the ends of the watermelon with a warm sharp knife. Then, slice the watermelon in half from one end to the other.

Note: Run the knife under hot water and dry it. A warm knife makes it easier to slice the gelatin.

Watch the video: Vodka Jello Shots Rainbow Watermelon Slices


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