Summertime means lots of parties, picnics, and barbecues—and wherever a group of fun-loving adults can be found basking in the sun's rays, delicious cocktails are sure to flow freely.
The larger the party, however, the more glasses there are to keep track of. That leads to a higher chance of wasted alcohol (which, as you all know, is a damn shame).
Keep your drinks straight and impress your fellow partygoers with easy-to-make garnishes that spell names out in summer melons—a refreshing take on name tags.
Slice your melon into circular shapes about ½-inch thick. This will make it easier to cut your melon into letters. Try to use melons that are firmer so the letter doesn't break apart; softer melons tend to fall apart and not hold shapes very well.
Use your alphabet cutters to create the names of your beverage drinkers. We like to alternate between the melons so that each letter alternates in color, but this is personal preference.
Tip: Depending on what alphabet letters you purchase, the melon can get trapped in the mold. We used the end of a skewer to give them a little nudge; push slowly to gently ease them out.
Place a small piece of fruit on the skewer first (we used blueberries) to keep the letters from sliding, especially if the melons you're using are a little soft.
Next, skewer the letters spelling out the name through the center—not only will it look nicer, but it'll be less likely to fall off if speared this way. Then end your name with another piece of fruit.
You can make these cocktail garnishes in advance if you know who's coming over, or allow people to make their own as a fun party activity. Just be careful: these garnishes are so tasty that people may keep coming back to make more for themselves!
These melon letters are now on our list of favorite creative cocktail tricks ever; they're fun, classy, and edible—an unbeatable combination, in our opinion. Whenever you throw your next excellent summer party, we hope that you give these tasty tags a try.
Let us know if you have any other fabulous cocktail tricks up your sleeve in the comments.