Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wine-melon shooters

Right now, the school looks just like the pictures in the brochures trying to convince students to come to McGill. There are students sprawled out on the grass, happy chatter on the building steps, and promises of a good time Friday night. (Okay maybe I read between the lines with that last one.) If someone were to say that not very far from now, a thick layer of snow would cover all of campus, they would probably get the same look as someone saying they enjoyed getting up for 8:30 calculus classes. I sure didn’t believe it. I REFUSED to believe it. I think last year I caved sometime in  mid-December equipped with only a rain jacket to face the -20C weather and finally accepted those sleeping bags being sold as “winter jackets” to be my attire for the next 3 months. But until then, I’m happy believing that BBQs and sun tanning on lower field are the reason I’m paying thousands in tuition and travelled cross country to be here. The mid-semester crisis can come later.

So this weekend, during a refusal to believe that homework existed as well, I busied myself creating these jello shooters to bring to a birthday party. Watermelon. Good. Winemelon? Better. I used a base of honeydew partly because it’s low in calories and high in Vitamin C and can help keep you hydrated on those late nights. More importantly it is a very good vessel to hold alcohol.

1 small honeydew melon
2 tablespoons of gelatine (2 packets)
1/4 cup water
1 3/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup sugar (optional)

1. Cut a honeydew melon in half and scoop out the seeds in each half with a spoon.
2. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup wine, gelatine packets and sugar. To this, add 1/4 cup boiling water and stir until everything is dissolved. Add the rest (1 1/2 cups) of the wine.
3. Set each honeydew half in a bowl to steady it and pat inside dry with paper towel. Divide gelatine mixture between the two honeydew halves and top with more wine if needed to fill liquid to brim.
4. Leave in fridge for about 4 hours for it to solidify and then cut melon into slices like with a regular melon. (Cut off a bit of the jelly top if too top heavy)
5. Divide each melon slice into halves or thirds.


  1. This is so cool dude :) I can see ur coming up with ways that we can get drunk when we go fruit picking.......


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