This yummy recipe kept showing up online, so I decided to make it for our block party as an 'adult' treat. You can certainly make the recipe kid-friendly by leaving out the booze.
4 3oz boxes of flavored jello
2 1oz boxes of plain gelatin
4 cups boiling water
1 cup fresh juice
4.5 cups booze
Here's my take on things:
I cut a gorgeous watermelon in half with the flattest side down (where it grew on the ground) and then melon-balled out layers to have useable melon for a side dish.
Unfortunately, it seems everyone was in the mood for watermelon jello… 3 stores I visited were out of watermelon jello. So, I kept it red and mixed up some options so there wasn't the mental confusion of biting into a cherry watermelon! The only melon flavoring was some water infusion, so I gave a few squirts of that in hopes for a melon essence.
I boiled my water and mixed in all of the jello powders and whisked until everything was dissolved. Then, I added 1 cup of juice from my melon castoffs and 4.5 cups of vodka (mix up the ratio to make weaker/stronger slices, but you'll want at least 3 cups of water for them to harden).
Here is the mixture pored back into the melons (note: if there isn't a really good flat side, you'll want to prop them into bowls to set).
I left the melons in the fridge overnight - it should take about 4 or 5 hours to set up. Then, I sliced those puppies!
Each slice was then cut into 3 smaller slices (and I trimmed off the edges).
On the second half I found it easier to cut from the bottom.
The jello sticks to the remaining red flesh left - another reason you don't scrape too much out of the inside.
This made a TON of slices. In hindsight, I would have made 1/2 kid friendly by just leaving out the vodka (substituting more juice or water). The kiddos were certainly intrigued by them. I made little label cards that said 'Adults only - 21+' so even if I wasn't watching the dish, parents would know.
I've seen it made with oranges/lemons - but that's a lot of work for each small fruit. I like how quickly and easily a giant melon came together.
The guys over at QITC made a variation they posted to Facebook using cantaloupe, lime jello and tequila to make 'margarita wedges'! There are endless possibilities!!