Classic Melon Ball Cocktail

updated May 14, 2024
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Melon Ball Cocktail Recipe
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Melon ball in a cocktail glass, garnished with melon balls on a toothpick

I was greeted in the kitchen by a giant honeydew melon sitting on the counter emitting a deliciously sweet aroma, which immediately made me think, we need to eat or drink this now! I took to the challenge and in my own cocktail quickfire, I reached for the glowing green bottle of Midori on the bar.

Typically I use Midori, a melon flavored liqueur, for all sorts of fun Halloween drinks. But, today I was craving a classic cocktail, the Melon Ball. Here’s how to make it.

Key Ingredients in Melon Ball Cocktail

  • Midori: It’s a sweet, bright green-colored melon liqueur.
  • Vodka: Use your favorite vodka for this cocktail.
  • Orange juice: Freshly-squeezed orange juice is best.
  • Melon balls: Use a melon baller to scoop honeydew for garnish.

How to Make Melon Balls

Now let’s put a kitchen gadget into play. If you have one in your drawer, this is the time put your melon baller to its proper use. If you don’t have a melon baller you can simply cube the ripe honeydew instead.

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and fill with a single layer of melon balls.
  2. Place the sheet pan in the freezer until the balls (or cubes) are completely frozen for tasty fruit ice cubes that are perfect for keeping this cocktail cool.

How to Make Melon Ball Cocktail

  1. Pour Midori and vodka. In a glass filled with ice, add the Midori and vodka.
  2. Add orange juice. Top off with freshly-squeezed orange juice.
  3. Garnish with melon balls. Garnish if desired.

How to Garnish Your Melon Ball Cocktail

  • Melon ball skewers: Garnish this drink with skewered melon balls instead of just dropping them in.
  • Fresh mint: To give this classic a new twist you can add a sprig of fresh mint to your drink. Mint and melon are just one of those flavor combinations that are meant to be together.

Helpful Swaps

This vodka and Midori cocktail is traditionally made with orange juice, but depending on your preference you can substitute pineapple juice or grapefruit juice for the orange juice in this recipe.

What to Serve with Melon Ball Cocktail

This drink is the perfect choice for melon lovers. Pair this cocktail with a simple cheese platter or antipasto platter and a side of assorted nuts for a very civilized happy hour.

Melon Ball Cocktail Recipe

Makes 1 drink

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces

    Midori

  • 1 ounce

    vodka

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice, for topping off

  • Fresh scooped melon balls, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a glass filled with ice, add 2 ounces Midori and 1 ounce vodka.

  2. Top off with orange juice.

  3. Garnish with melon balls, if desired.

(Images: Maureen Petrosky)