Basically, it's a watermelon filled with rum, all soaked up inside and delicious. The perfect summertime snack! I'd like to say there's some fun and cool DIY for this that will impress your friends at your next BBQ, but really it's just like this for a million hours:
Just cut a hole in your melon (a few inches deep), get your favorite rum (I've read that people also use vodka, which I have not tried but sounds A+), prop it up nice and cozy, and wait. You want the watermelon to soak up as much of the rum as it can. When you notice it isn't taking any more of the rum, take the bottle out of the melon and put the melon in the fridge overnight. That's it! When you're ready to eat, just slice it up and eat it like you normally would.
This year Andrew and I went to my families house for a low key 4th of July BBQ. Bringing a rum melon was his idea after seeing it on Food Network or something. so I can't steal the credit. I also feel like a loser because I didn't even think to take pictures while we made it :(
Our melon didn't turn out perfect, but it was our first try and now we have a good excuse to try it again. It didn't soak up the rum all the way, so you could only taste the rum in parts of it, and the rest just tasted like normal watermelon. I know this because we ate the whole thing. So, problems:
First of all, the melon we picked was HUGE, which was not a good idea, now that I'm thinking about it. We used strawberry rum (which smelled amazing), but only a third of the bottle would go inside. I'm thinking the melon had too much of its own juice inside to begin with, so I think our downfall was not knowing how to pick a good watermelon. Bleh.
Next time we try, I think instead of slicing it up, I want to get a melon baller and make it all fancy and shit. Like this:
So that was my 4th of July weekend. Did you have any weird/new/different/delicious things during yours? Would you be interested in trying a rum melon? Do you even like melons? (I only like watermelon! Honeydew and cantaloupe are gross.)
P.S! As I mentioned, I was dumb and didn't take any pictures. So these photos are not mine, nor do I want anyone to think they're mine.