I 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???