Honeydew melon bellini

This honeydew melon bellini is a refreshing take on the classic drink, it is made with honeydew melon puree, lime juice, and sparkling wine. I originally saw this honeydew melon drink recipe in a Bon Appétit magazine several years ago. It was one of those where you think this would be such a great drink to make, but you never actually make it. Finally, I had a honeydew melon on hand and remembered the drink,  but I couldn’t find the issue that had the recipe. I did a search on Epicurious.com and nothing, maybe I have the exact name wrong, but I did remember that the recipe included puree from fresh honeydew melon and prosecco -or sparkling wine of some sorts. I love the traditional bellini, a sparkling peach cocktail, and have some good memories of after work happy hours drinking bellinis. I am waiting for the local peaches to make their debut to make the classic drink, but this honeydew bellini is a great variation (though I’m sure the purists will say a bellini can only be made with peaches).

I made this honeydew melon bellini for a brunch party and it was a great success. It was refreshing, fruity and bubbly, a great combination. For a non-alcoholic version you can replace the prosecco with sparkling cider or other sparkling fruit juice. The only advice I have is to pour the pour the prosecco over the honeydew melon puree very carefully and slowly, it tends to get foamy and spill over a lot more than any other combination of fruit puree and sparkling wine.

Honeydew bellini recipe

Honeydew melon bellini

Yield: For 8-10 people

Honeydew melon bellini

A refreshing take on the classic drink, this honeydew melon bellini is made with honeydew melon, lime juice, and sparkling wine.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of diced honeydew melon, about ½ of a large melon
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Sugar to taste based on the sweetness of the melon
  • 1 bottle of chilled prosecco, champagne, cava or other sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Combine the diced honeydew melon with the lime juice and sugar in a blender and blend until you obtain a smooth puree.
  2. Strain the puree, chill for at least 30 minutes or until ready to use.
  3. Pour the honeydew melon puree into champagne flutes, no more than half full.
  4. Add the prosecco or other sparkling wine, pouring it gently to avoid making a bubbly mess.
  5. Stir lightly and serve immediately.

Notes

For a non-alcoholic version you can replace the prosecco with sparkling cider, sparkling lemonade or even sparkling water for a lighter bubbly drink.

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