Cantaloupe Martini

Cantaloupe Martini with Ginger and MintI made this Cantaloupe Martini for today since I had some leftover cantaloupe from my Cantaloupe and Ice Cream earlier this week.  Seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, eh?

I think I’m getting better at quickly throwing together cocktails.  This one I nailed it on the first try! Well, almost the first…I added a little mint simple syrup after I tasted my first go around since I really love flavored simple syrup in cocktails!

To Muddle or Puree the Cantaloupe?

I know I could have just muddled some of the juicy, sweet cantaloupe with a little mint but as I’ve said before, I don’t care for pulp in my cocktails.  I like to sip my drinks without having to chew them!  So I cut up a half of a cantaloupe into chunks and puréed it in the blender.  To me, it was still a little too “pulpy” so I poured the cantaloupe pulp into a wire mesh strainer over a big bowl and let the juice drip down into the bowl.   And it’s the juice that I saved and used in this Cantaloupe Martini.  It gives the drink all the yummy goodness of cantaloupe flavor without the pulp.  I did, however, muddle a few mint leaves in my cocktail shaker because I wanted a minty flavor and don’t mind a few small mint specs in the drink…and I love mint!  And, if I’m being perfectly honest here, I simply didn’t think to add the mint to the blender when I was puréeing the cantaloupe.  You could do that if you want and skip the muddle step!

Then it was just a matter of shaking the cantaloupe juice up with some vodka (you might like to try rum), some ginger liqueur, a little mint simple syrup and that’s it.

This Cantaloupe Martini is a delightful little ‘tini and a great way to use up some extra cantaloupe you may have.  Who’s ready to drink one of these with me???

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Cantaloupe Martini
  • 2 shots cantaloupe juice*
  • 1 shot vodka
  • ½ shot ginger liqueur (I used Domaine de Canton)
  • ¼ shot mint simple syrup
  • a few leaves of fresh mint
  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with some ice, muddle a few mint leaves. Add cantaloupe juice, vodka, ginger liqueur and mint simple syrup. Shake well and strain into martini glass.
  2. *To make cantaloupe juice, puree cantaloupe chunks in blender, strain over wire mesh strainer and reserve liquid.
  3. *To make mint simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar (1/2 cup or a cup) in saucepan. Bring to boil, add handful fresh mint, stir. Remove from heat and let mint steep. When cooled, strain and refrigerate. You can read more about making flavored simple syrups here
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