Melon cocktails are often impressive and delicious especially on the hot days of summer. Refreshing drinks that call for fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, or a melon-flavored distilled spirit include variations on mojitos, margaritas, daiquiris, and spiked lemonade.
Watermelons are filled with juicy goodness. It is very easy to extract the sweet juice, often all you need to do is muddle a few chunks and strain out any seeds.
Another option is to de-seed chunks of melon and process them in an electric juicer or blender. The latter will produce more of a puree, but this works surprisingly well in the majority of these drinks.
Using the melon for its juice is also a great way to utilize any leftover watermelon from your summer picnics, simply bottle the juice and store it in the refrigerator for days of fresh watermelon cocktails.
Watermelon Cocktail Recipes
Watermelon drinks can be a nice palate cleanser after a hearty meal or can be quite refreshing during a hot, summer day. Check out a few recipes for watermelon cocktails.
- Independence Day Mojito
- Summertime Fruit Punch Lemonade
- Watermelon Cucumber Cooler
- Watermelon Margarita
Honeydew and cantaloupe melons are not as common in cocktails as watermelon. However, on occasion, you will run across a recipe that utilizes them.
Melon Cocktail Recipes
More often than not, honeydews and cantaloupes are used as a garnish for subtle flavor enhancement.
A melon baller will be an essential tool for creating perfect little balls to garnish with.
Midori is, by far, the most popular and well-known melon-flavored liquor and there are a number of cocktails that call for the electric-green liquor.
Other melon distilled spirits are available as well.
Bols makes both a green-colored melon and red-colored watermelon liquor. The green melon liquor can serve as a substitute for Midori. Bols is a brand name used by Lucas Bols, a Dutch distiller of alcoholic beverages. Bols has been in business since 1575 and claims to be the oldest distillery brand in the world.
If you are looking for something that is far more tart, DeKuyper's Watermelon Pucker will fit the bill.
Most of the time, if a recipe calls for an unbranded "melon liqueur," it is implied that you will use a green-colored melon-flavored liquor such as Midori. This is particularly true if the drink name alludes to the color green, which many of them do.
Another melon distilled spirit that is used on occasion is a melon-infused vodka. A handful of commercial brands are available, or you can make your own.
Melon Liquor Recipes
Watermelon-infused vodka or a drunken watermelon are fun for summer parties, easy and, if you like, instead of infusing vodka, you can use rum as well. Check out these cocktail recipes using melon-flavored liquors.
- Melon Cucumber-tini (melon-infused vodka)
- Melon Margarita (melon liquor)
- Melon Patch (melon liquor)
- Pearl Harbor (melon liquor)
- Stoplight Shooter (melon liquor)
- Watermelon Cosmo (Bols Watermelon Liquor)