Basil, Balsamic, & Vodka Infused and Compressed Watermelon

Compressed & Infused Watermelon Cubes What’s summer without the refreshing taste of a ripe and juicy watermelon?  And what better way to enhance that summer time flavor with some refreshing infusions like basil, balsamic vinegar, and vodka? With a few simple ingredients and a chamber vacuum sealer, you can create watermelon cubes that look like translucent jewels and taste and have an amped up flavor.  The recipes that follow are versatile so feel free to experiment with whatever you might fancy.  All you need is a simple syrup infused with your favorite flavor and you’re good to go. Make several and have your guests try and guess what the mystery infusion is for a fun pre dinner game.  Or add these to any watermelon dish for something unexpected.  If you want more recipes like this, check out my compressed melon terrine.

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon cubes (as many as you like)

 Infusions –

scale these up and down so that you have enough water to cover all the cubes when vacuum sealed.

 Basil Infusion:

  • 250 g water
  • 125 g sugar
  • 20 g fresh basil

 Balsamic Infusion

  • 250 g water
  • 125 g sugar
  • 125 g white balsamic vinegar

 Vodka Infusion

  • 250 g water
  • 125 g sugar
  • 125 g vodka

 

Preparation:

All three infusions follow the same general pattern of preparation.

  •  Heat the water and sugar over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve all the sugar
  • Once the mixture has come to a simmer, remove from heat and add the flavoring of choice (basil, vinegar, vodka)
  • Allow the mixture to steep while it cools to room temperature.  Remove and discard basil if using.
  • Vacuum seal the watermelon cubes with the infused syrup in a chamber vacuum sealer. Unfortunately the displacement method of air removal is not effective here as you want the vacuum to compress the watermelon while simultaneously driving liquid into the fruit.

Watermelon Cubes

  • Allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes and up to one day.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Compressed & Infused Watermelon Cubes

 

Want to try something similar?  Check out my compressed melon terrine!

Finished Melon Terrine

Comments

  1. Adam Jensen says

    Unfortunately the displacement method of air removal is not effective *here as you want the vacuum to compress the watermelon while simultaneously driving liquid into the fruit.

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