The magnificent melon ball cocktail is so easy to make and super scrumptious! This cocktail was very popular in the 80s and continues to be a well loved drink!
Disco balls and dancing peeps
I’m not exactly certain when this melon ball cocktail was first made. What I do remember is I saw a lot of these drinks in the 80s.
I’d go to a dance club and there this green drink would be, clutched in sweaty people’s hands as they swigged them down to cool themselves off after they moonwalked, did the robot or pretended to be John Travolta with their pointer finger stretched toward the multi-faceted disco balls.
I know this was my sister in law’s cocktail of choice when she went clubbing with Christopher!
Melons and what they mean to me
Growing up, I’ve had my share of watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. In fact, one of our treats was to have half of cantaloupe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream plopped in the divot where the seeds used to be.
Here’s the secret that I always kept. I didn’t and don’t particularly like cantaloupe. I’d eat that dessert just so I could have the ice cream. Why I didn’t just say, “No cantaloupe, thank you. I’ll just have the ice cream.” I don’t know.
Maybe I didn’t think they’d give me the ice cream without the fruit being involved.
Honeydew melon isn’t one of my favorites either because it tastes like cantaloupe to me. But, I love watermelon and could eat it all summer long!
I do like Midori and have had it in numerous cocktails, including the melon ball cocktail. To me, the liqueur doesn’t taste like a honeydew melon. Does it to you? Let me know by commenting below.
How to make the Melon Ball Cocktail
Front and center is Midori, the delicious and green melon liqueur. Then we have Grey Goose vodka, orange juice and some melon chunks.
Let’s get started.
I fill my cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice.
Next, I pour out 2 ounces of Midori.
I pour it into the shaker!
Time for the vodka. I measure out 1 ounce of Grey Goose.
Then I pour it into the shaker.
I pour out 2 ounces of orange juice.
Into the shaker it goes with the other two ingredients.
Let’s look at the shaker. See the beautiful layers of colors? I also spear two honeydew melon chunks. Usually, you use a melon baller scoop, but I didn’t want to buy a whole melon just to make the balls, so I bought a little container of fruit.
See? It’s okay to improvise. You don’t always have to do what is expected of you!!
Now, you can either serve this cocktail straight up or on the rocks. I prefer it straight up.
I cap my shaker and shake it at least ten times. I’ve explained this before but I’m getting older so, I repeat myself.
But, when I say, “Shake it ten times,” I actually count two shakes as one. Not sure why I do that. I should probably start saying, “Shake it at least twenty times.”
I grab my martini glass and strain the liquid into the glass. Finally, I plop in the speared melon chunks.
And the vertical view.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! It was so good!
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- 2 ounces Midori
- 1 ounce vodka
- 2 ounces orange juice
- Fill cocktail shaker half way with ice
- Add Midori, vodka and orange juice
- Cap shaker and shake 20 times
- Strain liquid into martini glass
- Add garnish