Here’s a quick and easy idea to give your drinks some fun summer colors and flavor: make melon ball ice cubes. I recently made a couple of recipes using melon balls and had a decent amount of leftover ones. I decided to freeze them and then use them as ice cubes for drinks. These melon ball ice cubes can be used as “ice” for cocktails – just keep in mind that they will add a slightly melon flavor to the drink. I also love using them as pretty ice cubes for sparkling water. I used a variety of four different melons: watermelon, cantaloupe, classic honeydew melon, and white honeydew melon. White honeydew melons have a yellow skin, but their flesh is white and the taste is very similar to a regular honeydew melon. You can prepare these melon ball ice cubes with a mix of different melons or just one type of melon.
For a quick and easy refreshing (non-alcoholic) drink, just place the melon ball ice cubes in a glass, add sparkling water or soda water, a squeeze of lime juice, and a mint leave to garnish. This simple drink not only looks great, but the water will have a delicious hint of melon, lime and mint.
How to make round fruity ice cubes using melon balls. You can make melon ball ice cubes with watermelon, cantaloupe, and/or honeydew melon.
- Honeydew melon
- White honeydew melon
- Rinse the melons, cut them in half and remove the seeds.
- Use a melon baller to scoop out the melon balls from the fruit. Don’t worry if they’re not all perfectly round – they will flatten slightly when you freeze them.
- Use a baking sheet or flat platter that can fit in your freezer. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Arrange the melon balls on the baking sheet. Make sure that the melon balls are not touching (or they will freeze together).
- Freeze the melon balls for a few hours or until completely frozen. Remove them from the freezer and transfer them to a freezer bag. Place the bag in the freezer until ready to use.
Use the leftover parts of the melon (what's left after scooping out the melon balls) to make a smoothie, cocktails, or a cold melon soup.