Tag Archive: Melon Liqueur


Melon Ball

Enjoying a late summer day in San Diego inspired me to make a refreshing traditional cocktail. There was some fresh squeezed orange juice in the fridge just begging for some mixing.

I have not documented too many of the classics on DaveDrinks, but this falls into that category. Making a Melon Ball feels like I am back in the 1980s!

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Midori
  • 4 ounces fresh orange juice

Shake everything over ice, serve into a wine glass filled with crushed ice. Enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The Midori turns the classic Screwdriver into a sweeter, funner libation.
  • Very refreshing – great easy drinking cocktail to beat the heat.
  • At your next brunch, make a pitcher to enjoy with friends!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 1/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Just because it’s from a time gone by, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it today.
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Honeydew Martini

Time for another martini tonight.  perusing the my martini recipe book and I found something fun – the Honeydew Martini – lots of vodka and a bit of flavor to enjoy.

  • 4.5 ounces of vodka (Ketel One)
  • 0.75 ounce of melon liqueur (Midori)
  • 0.75 ounce of triple sec
  • lemon twist

Get your shaker, fill with ice, add the liquor and shake it up.  Serve it up into a martini glass, garnish with the lemon.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not a fun fruity cocktail, this is a strong martini with a hint of sweetness.
  • The first taste is the Midori, but the finish is all vodka.
  • Next time you have a party and someone orders something fun – here you go – looks good and will help get the party going!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • This is an interesting one, not sweet enough to be friendly, too fruity to be serious.

Midori Sour

There was a dark time in my life that I actually used to order these in bars.  In my defense, they did come in pint glasses and two or three would knock you out.  It’s been a long time since I made one for myself.  If nothing else, it is fun to look at.

  • 1.5 ounces melon liqueur (Midori)
  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (homemade)

Mix in a rocks glass over ice, give a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You definately need a sweet tooth for this one.  My years of training drinking Mountain Dew prepared me well.
  • Tastes and looks fun – you’ll never confuse this for a serious drinkers fix.
  • Brings back memories of being 21 and ordering ridiculous drinks at Wild Woolys.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Good drink for the right situation, but if you are a man – drink it in a darkened closet.