Combine three of the most refreshing ingredients ever in one cocktail!
There are a few things that are guaranteed to beat the summer heat. First, a cocktail. Preferably one with loads of fresh mint on ice. It’s like sticking your head in the freezer.
Second, and possibly my favorite, is super-chilled melon. It’s refreshing, light and tastes great.
Combining these experiences in one glass just makes sense to me!
The drink is easy to make once the homemade cantaloupe syrup is done. The exact amount of cantaloupe you use for the syrup isn’t too important. I’d use about 1/4 of a cantaloupe. Scoop the flesh into a pan with some water, sugar, and fresh mint.
Let that heat until the sugar is dissolved. Use a potato masher or large fork to mash up the cantaloupe and release the juice.
While the syrup comes together, make some delicious melon balls for snacking and using as a garnish on the finished drinks.
When the syrup is done, just strain out the solids and you’ll have a beautiful, orange syrup that’s perfect for mixing.
Shake together some of the syrup with light rum and pour it over fresh ice with lots of melon balls and fresh mint as a garnish.
A little cocktail umbrella is very optional, but also very fun!
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