If you’re sick of the same old drinks, try something new and add melon to some of your favorite cocktails. Melon cocktails have a distinct sweetness that is devoid of the bitterness or tartness of many other fruits.
Melon can sweeten your beverage without adding a ton of sugar which can sometimes be overwhelming. For a subtle, but sweet flavor, check out these melon versions of some classic cocktails.
Best Melon Cocktails
Cucumber Melon Gin Spritzers
If you want a fun melon cocktail for your garden party or BBQ, you can’t go wrong with the cucumber melon gin spritzer. It uses a sweet homemade melon syrup that delivers the distinct flavor of cantaloupe. Combined with gin, seltzer, cucumbers, and fresh mint, the melon flavors come to life.
The Melon Ball
The melon ball is a classic melon cocktail with a shocking green color that is captivating. The most important ingredient for achieving this flavor perfectly is the Midori, a popular strongly-flavored melon liquor. The Midori also gives the drink its crazy green color. The recipe combines melon liquor with vodka and a bit of orange juice to add a hint of citrus.
Many restaurants or bars offer watermelon margaritas, but for something more unique, try this delightful cantaloupe margarita! It has the sweet succulence of a cantaloupe combined with the delectable punch of tequila. You need a blender to make this drink, as the recipe uses fresh cantaloupe combined with ice to make a frozen drink with a vibrant flavor.
Vodka Watermelon Cocktails
Blending up fresh melon can be a lot of work, but this recipe for vodka watermelon cocktails is super easy. It uses chilled watermelon juice with vodka, lime juice, honey, and fresh mint. It's a refreshing drink ideal for lounging by a pool or sitting on your porch.
A melon sunrise is a tweaked version of a tequila sunrise. But this cocktail uses vodka instead of tequila and also adds a melon liqueur to the recipe to achieve the sweetness you want. The orange juice and grenadine offer a balanced flavor, but sometimes the melon can get lost in these ingredients, so use them sparingly.
Fresh Honeydew Margarita
Honeydew is like the forgotten cousin of cantaloupe, but it offers a distinct and muted flavor that works well in delicate cocktails, like this honeydew margarita! This drink is blended, so you get to enjoy the soothing flavor of honeydew melons with a bit of zestiness. Rimming the glass with chili powder elevates all the flavors too!
Cucumber Melon Sangria
This cucumber melon sangria will make you feel like you're being pampered at a high-end spa. It’s super refreshing and tasty, with a strong flavor despite the mild ingredients. It uses white wine, gin, honeydew melon, cucumber, fresh mint, and club soda, resulting in a fresh and fizzy beverage.
Honeydew Melon Mojitos
Mojitos are a classic tropical cocktail perfect for a hot summer day. If you want to kick your mojitos up a notch to impress your friends, try this honeydew melon mojito receipt that will make plain mojitos seem like a disgrace. It’s the same recipe as a traditional mojito with a splash of Midori to give it a green color and remarkable melon flavor.
Melon Agua Fresca
For something different, try this melon agua fresca that is light with a smooth flavor. It uses blended melon, usually cantaloupe, with lime juice, honey, and water. If you enjoy subtle flavors, this cocktail is ideal, as the melon just sneaks through to your tastebuds, so it isn’t overwhelming like some of the other melon cocktails that feature Midori.
While watermelon drinks are delicious and sweet, the other melons often get forgotten. Cantaloupe and honeydew can liven up the flavor of classic cocktails and create a mild sweetness that is pleasant on your tongue.
Use one of these recipes the next time you want something light and refreshing, and leave us a comment with your favorite melon recipe!
Best Melon Cocktails
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