What could say summer more than a nice big slice of watermelon? Well, what if that watermelon slice was actually a giant jello shot?? I know, I know, total dream come true. We've filled a lot of fruit with jello and alcohol before (check out our orange creamsicle, lemon drop and mojito lime jello shots), but when I saw you could fill a watermelon and slice it up into slices, well, it just had to be tried to prove it could actually be done. As you can see, not only is it possible, but it's beyond adorable and delicious as well!
half of 1 medium watermelon
2 boxes of watermelon jello or red colored jello (3 oz boxes)
1 box of unflavored gelatin (4 envelopes total)
2 cups of water
2 cups of vodka
Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop out the inside of the watermelon and set aside (to later eat, of course!). You want to scoop out most of the red flesh but still leave about 1/2" of the red part above the white rind. Place the hollowed out watermelon on a cookie sheet with paper towels folded/stuffed on either side to keep it from tipping over.
Mix your two boxes of jello with the 4 packets of unflavored gelatin. Add in 2 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, add in two cups of vodka and stir to combine. Pour the liquid into the halved watermelon (fill to the top!) and place into the fridge for 3-4 hours until the jello is set. Probably the hardest part of this recipe is carrying the tray to the fridge without spilling it!
Once the jello is set, use a large knife to cut the slices like you normally would. The jello fills into the watermelon some so the top level shrinks a bit. Just use the knife to even out any rind that sticks up higher than your slices, and you're ready to serve your shots!
Of course, one whole slice would be a pretty giant jello shot, so feel free to cut them into smaller wedges or have guests cut their own. There is more unflavored gelatin in this recipe than usual to ensure the slices keep their shape, but if you feel like you can "taste" the unflavored gelatin, you can reduce the amount a little without losing the desired stiffness.
How popular would you be if you brought these to your next summer picnic? This treat will most certainly make you the queen of the next block party, so grab yourself a watermelon and start scooping! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.