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Melon Ball

melon ball cocktail

As a bartender with years of experience, I’m always excited to share drinks that leave a lasting impression. One such drink is the Melon Ball. It’s a hit at any gathering, thanks to its bright color and fruity flavor. This cocktail blends the sweetness of melon liqueur with the punch of vodka and the citrus kick of orange juice. Perfect for those who love a drink that’s both delicious and visually appealing.

Tasting Notes

The Melon Ball is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors. The melon liqueur offers a candy-like sweetness that’s perfectly balanced by the tartness of the orange juice. Vodka adds a smooth, clean finish without overpowering the fruity notes. It’s like a sunny day in a glass, with a vibrant green hue that promises fun and refreshment.


  • 2 oz Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • Melon balls and maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes to chill the mix.
  2. Pour the melon liqueur, vodka, and orange juice into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice or a cherry.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy the burst of flavors.

Pro Tips

  • For a smoother taste, use freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Adjust the ratio of ingredients to suit your preference for sweetness or strength.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep your drink cooler for longer.

When to Serve

The Melon Ball is perfect for summer parties, poolside gatherings, or any occasion that calls for a refreshing and eye-catching drink. It’s a fantastic choice for celebrating special moments or simply enjoying a relaxed afternoon with friends.

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Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the melon liqueur, Midori is a popular choice for its vibrant color and authentic melon flavor. As for vodka, a smooth and neutral option like Absolut or Smirnoff works great, ensuring the fruity flavors shine through.

Similar Cocktails

  • Midori Sour – A delightful combination of Midori melon liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup, garnished with a cherry or orange slice for a sweet and sour experience.
  • Japanese Slipper – A classic cocktail made with Midori, Cointreau, and lemon juice, elegantly served in a martini glass with a maraschino cherry on top.
  • Tokyo Tea – Similar to Long Island Iced Tea but with a twist, this drink includes Midori for a distinct melon flavor, mixed with vodka, rum, gin, tequila, and a splash of soda.
  • Midori Illusion – This cocktail blends Midori with vodka, triple sec, and lemon juice, creating an alluring mix that’s both fruity and potent.
  • Melon Martini – A sophisticated twist on the classic martini, featuring Midori for a sweet melon flavor, combined with vodka and a dash of fresh lime juice.


The Melon Ball cocktail made its debut in the 1970s, during a time when fun and fruity cocktails were all the rage. It gained popularity for its unique flavor and vibrant color, becoming a staple at discotheques and social gatherings. Its simplicity and delightful taste have kept it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts to this day.

melon ball cocktail

Melon Ball

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add Midori melon liqueur, vodka, and orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the ingredients are well combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a melon ball and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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