Elevate Your Day Drinking: Fancy Jello Shots, Grilled Fruit Sangria, and The Perfect Vodka Melon

Brooke Newberry
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It's summertime and the living's easy…so easy that you get to drink while the sun is still out and no one can judge you. Here are three fun and creative ways to bring day drinking to your summer gathering.

The Best Way To Shoot Jell-O

One of the more creative and colorful ways to score a decent buzz is via Jell-O Shots.  Our annual Independence Day celebration and old college memories are probably the only time these shots should be considered relevant. 

Here’s how to make them all tasty and pretty using orange peels:

Jell-O Shots in Orange Peel

Makes 24 Slices

  • 6 oranges
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 (3oz) package flavored Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water

Cut the oranges in half. Scoop out all the fruit, making sure to keep the peels intact (keep the pulp if you like – make juice or add to smoothies, etc).

Make the jello according to package instructions (using the boiling water), BUT substitute the 1-cup cold water for vodka.

Take out a cupcake pan. Place each orange half peel in one of the cupcake holders to make them stand upright. Pour the jello carefully into each orange half.

Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set. Cut the oranges into slices and serve.



Use flavored vodka to create punch-like flavors. For example, mix raspberry-flavored vodka with orange Jell-O.

Make several batches of Jell-O in different flavors for an orange peel rainbow display (um, if this interests you?)

Do not mix double vodka amounts by replacing the cold water with vodka. This alters the consistency of the Jell-O, preventing it from setting.  And you will be drunk as bleep.


Steps To Make A Vodka Watermelon

Eat your cocktails.  The watermelon’s flesh absorbs an entire bottle of vodka, so you and your friends can, too.  Below are crucial tips on how to correctly inebriate the fruit.

Buy: a 4-pound watermelon and a bottle of vodka (regular or flavored).

1. Find the side of the watermelon that it lays most stable (there should be a flatter side from when it was sitting on the ground).

2. Using a knife, cut a hole into the center of the watermelon the same size as the vodka bottle cap.  The hole should be as deep as the neck of the vodka bottle.

3. Turn the watermelon sideways and place the spout of the bottle into the hole so that it fits tightly.

4. Turn back upright and allow it to empty into the melon.

5. This can take up to a half hour. Let it refrigerate for at least an hour, up to overnight.

6. Slice it up like you would a regular watermelon and enjoy.


Sophisticated Sangria

In our experience, most people cringe at the mention of sangria.  “Too sweet,” and “hangover,” come to mind for most.  Try this grilled fruit sangria made with Cava.  Cava’s hearty, bready flavors work well with the caramelized fruits from the grill.  We’re not saying it won’t give you a hangover, but it’s certainly more pleasurable to drink.

Grilled Fruit White Sangria

  • 6 peaches, peeled and split
  • 1 small cantaloupe, cut into thick slices
  • 1 pint strawberries, de-stemmed
  • 2 cups halved grapes
  • 1 bottle dry white wine (pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc will do fine)
  • 2 bottles Cava
  • Two sprigs of fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
  • One sprig of fresh lavender, plus extra for garnish

Grill peaches until they are a bit caramelized and soft-ish.

Grill melon slices until softened.

In a pitcher, muddle grilled fruits with the herbs.

Puree 6 strawberries in a blender.

Divide and mix all ingredients together in several pitchers (about 4) and chill.

To get fancy, place a peach and melon slice on the rim of each glass before filling with sangria.  Garnish with mint and/or lavender.

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