It’s officially summer in LA! Ok, so maybe not technically, but it’s sunny and in the 80s, so I think it counts. My bestie threw a pool party/BBQ this past weekend to celebrate the arrival of her new puppy, so I was looking for something light and refreshing to bring. And of course infused with beer or whiskey. I ended up on my favorite food blog, The Beeroness (of course), and found these tasty frozen beer-soaked watermelon bites. Perfect.
The recipe calls for any pale ale, IPA, or wheat beer. I happened to have a couple bottles of Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA in my fridge and thought those could be interesting to use. I checked online to see if watermelon and grapefruit worked well together, and found a few cocktail recipes that included watermelon, grapefruit, and mint. So I decided to tweak the recipe and base it on the flavor palette of those cocktails. The result was exactly what I was looking for, and they were a hit at the party. Even my beer-hating friends liked them!
The success of this recipe hinges on choosing a good watermelon. I used these tips when I picked out my watermelon last week, and it was a success! So here they are, in case you are produce-choosing challenged like me:
How to Pick a Watermelon
- Find a dull looking watermelon: A shiny appearance indicates an underripe melon.
- Pick It Up: Big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
- Look for the Yellow Spot: Watermelons develop a splotch where they rest on the ground. When this spot is a creamier, darker yellow, it’s ripe (I don’t mean a really dark yellow, just darker than the really pale yellow you see on most watermelons in the store).
- Give It a Thump: Tap the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound. Your knuckles should bounce off the melon and the surface should be firm.
Frozen Beer-Soaked Watermelon
Author: Jackie Dodd, altered by Natalie Bates | Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: None, but needs at least 2 hrs to sit | Yield Amount: 1 watermelon
- 2lbs watermelon, cut into cubes
- 12oz beer (pale ale, wheat beer or IPA – I used Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA)
- Fresh mint leaves, minced
- Place watermelon in a bowl. Add mint leaves and toss to mix. Pour beer over the watermelon. Allow to sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
- Remove from beer.
- Cover and freeze for at least 1 to 2 hours.
- Serve frozen.
These little boozy watermelon bites were so delicious, refreshing, and super easy to make. My only tip I have to offer up for these is that they thaw really fast and become soggy, so unless they will be eaten quickly, I would recommend serving them in batches, putting some out and leaving the rest in the freezer until you are ready for them. But that’s true for any frozen food served in hot weather.
Original recipe obtained from: The Beeroness. Check out her website for more great recipes!