Another melon that is so good when bought in season, the cantaloupe is actually a muskmelon, its pastel colored flesh is high in vitamin A. A ripe cantaloupe has an ambrosial smell and tastes wonderful in this cocktail using rum, simple syrup and the juices and zest of a lime and an orange. If you desire a non-alcoholic drink, just omit the rum and add sparkling water after straining, however, I think the rum and cantaloupe go quite well together. Watermelon will also be delicious in this cocktail, however I don’t think a honeydew melon has the depth of flavors necessary for success with this cocktail.
Cantaloupe Rum Cocktail
Makes 1 drink
- 6 teaspoons light rum
- 3 1/2 ounces ripe Cantaloupe melon, diced
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice, plus 1/2 teaspoon grated zest
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 1/2 teaspoon grated zest
- dash simple syrup
- Process all ingredients with smashed ice in a blender and then strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a slice of cantaloupe or thin slice of lime or orange.
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