Cocktail shaker, melon baller
Cantaloupe Gin Rickey
It’s summer and I’ve just come back from the grocery store with two of my all-time favorite summer ingredients. Cantaloupe and prosciutto. It’s sunny outside and we’re having a little staycation at a house with a pool. As I make up our light
snack, Evan pilfers some of the cantaloupe and starts making some melon balls to throw in the freezer and straining the goopy seeds for juice. I eye him curiously…but knowing him as I do I have a feeling there’s a delicious cocktail in my future.
Wow was I right! I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a cantaloupe cocktail at all, but now that I have it’s a go-to summer favorite. Easy to make, festive, and perfect for lounging by the pool.
Let’s Get Shakin’
1.5 oz gin
Juice of 1/2 lime
0.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz cantaloupe juice
Shake and strain first four ingredients over fresh ice. Top with seltzer water.
Garnish with fresh or pre-frozen melon balls, as desired.
Recipe Credit: Evan Rothrock
…but am I going to like it?
Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!
So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize. This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
- Sweet 40% 40%
- Sour 25% 25%
- Spiritous 15% 15%
- Refreshing 75% 75%
- Complex/Funky/Unique 30% 30%
Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…