Watermelon Mint Jello Shots… in a Watermelon Rind!
As you know by now, we are taking the entire month of July to celebrate the refreshing summery treat that is the watermelon. And even though we already provided you with two boozy bites, you know we just couldn’t let the calendar turn without whipping up a jello shot as well. Jaymee Sire gives us the recipe for Watermelon Mint Jello Shots…in a watermelon rind!
– 1/4 of a large seedless watermelon
– 15-20 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
– juice from 1/2 a lime
– 1-2 tablespoons of honey
– 2 packets of Knox gelatin
– 3/4 cup of vodka or gin
Cut out a quarter of a watermelon lengthwise, so you have a wedge.
First, you’ll need to carefully hollow out your watermelon to create a “boat” to hold jello mixture.
Use the scooped-out watermelon and plop it into a blender with about 15-20 fresh mint leaves. Blend until smooth.
Now you need to remove the solids. To do this, simply pour your blended mixture through a mesh strainer. You’ll need about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of watermelon mint juice to make a single batch of jello shots.
To make the jello mixture, combine watermelon mint juice with a little fresh squeezed lime juice and 1-2 tablespoons honey in a small saucepan. Sprinkle with 2 packets of Knox gelatin and let it soak in for a bit. Heat until everything has dissolved, stirring constantly. Stir in vodka or gin and then pour into your watermelon “boat.” (You might want to set it in a small pan in case it spills over at all). Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Once jello has set, you can cut into wedges. To do this, we first sliced off the watermelon “walls.” Then cut the big wedge in half lengthwise. Finally, cut those into little wedges.
Garnish with fresh mint, serve on a platter, and get ready for your friends to be totally amazed at your next summer BBQ.