End of Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Cantaloupe Cocktail

by Pamela

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I’m offering this end of summer cocktail recipe to celebrate what?  I’m not entirely sure.  Okay, let’s not call it a celebratory gin cocktail.  Let’s call it a peace offering.  Cuz I don’t have money to pay all of you for reading my word vomit and I definitely don’t have the funds for reparations to those of you that I have no doubt offended in the past couple of weeks.

I’ve had enough Xanax, booze and Cheetos in my diet this week to confirm that there is not enough of any of these things to put me in a better mood.  If I’ve pissed you off or offended you in any manner (I never called anyone some of the concocted names I’ve created – but if my dog could talk I’d probably have to send her off to a far away relative or something)…please accept this melon cocktail as a way of saying oops, my bad.

Making this cantaloupe cocktail was actually pretty cathartic.  I got to chop, peel and blend the crap out the ingredients.  I’ve never realized how fun using a blender could be.  Some of the fun was lost when I cranked it up minus the pouring cap on the top and had to clean pureed melon off my newly cleaned cupboards…but as punishment for the ingredients being bad…I blended them up some  more.  (Ha…take that you!)

gin-cocktail-recipes End of Summer Cantaloupe Cocktail

I generally don’t use cantaloupe except for slicing and eating so I thought making some kind of gin cocktail recipe with it would be kind of fun (or I just thought that using vodka was too obvious).  I used gin, because I like that redheaded stepchild spirit and realized that I don’t use it nearly enough.  But I also realized that the beginning of Fall is the prime season for cantaloupe.  They’re at their very sweetest (so this melon cocktail doesn’t even need any added sweetener) and that orange color is a nice transitional shade from Summer to Fall.

So if you’re looking for a way to offer amends, add something new to your gin cocktail recipes repertoire, love cantaloupe or just need a drink…this cantaloupe cocktail is sure to be a fantastic way to appease all of these goals.

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Recipe: End of Summer Cocktail Recipe: Cantaloupe Cocktail


  • 2 1/2 – 3 Pound Cantaloupe
  • 2 Sprigs of Mint (leaves removed)
  • 1 Inch Piece of Ginger (peeled and diced)
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 3 1/2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin


  1. Cut the melon in half and remove skin and seeds from one of the halves.
  2. Cut peeled melon half into large chunks and add to blender.  (Use other melon half for garnish or more drinks.)
  3. Add ginger, mint and lime juice to the blender.
  4. Puree until everything is blended very fine (you’ll still see tiny flecks of green from the mint).
  5. Add 1 1/2 cups melon puree to a cocktail shaker (if mixture is very cold you don’t need to add ice – if not cold enough for you, add some ice to the shaker as well).
  6. Pour gin into shaker.
  7. Cover and shake vigorously.
  8. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with melon balls and mint leaves.

Quick notes

You could also use other types of melons for this cocktail. The only melon I would not use for this one is watermelon.


If the melon you use isn’t sweet enough for your taste, you could add some agave nectar or simple syrup to sweeten it up.

You can also make this puree up ahead of time and add the gin just before serving.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)


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Dena Miller August 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Lovely cocktail. Had just bought one of those melons–the scent as you walk by the display stops you in your tracks–you know these melons are just about perfect. So sweet I wondered how to utilize in a cocktail. Love using in season fruits. I follow the directions almost exactly. Love Hendricks, but it is a bit pricey. Use Amsterdam and the result was delicious.

Pamela August 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

Hi Dena, Yep…the melons right now are ridiculously delicious! I’m so glad you like the cocktail. The Hendricks just gives it more of a floral flavor, but Amsterdam works great too. I use Amsterdam vodka and gin a lot myself. CHEERS!

egb September 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Yum! Thank you for posting this and what a great idea! We got two cantaloupes in our CSA box and were trying to come up with things to do with them. I think drinking them might be the best option.

Marla September 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

That cocktail is stunning, especially dramatic against that black background.

sippitysup September 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

You might consider adding a splash of some anise liqueur. It is magic with cantaloupe! GREG

Pamela September 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I wonder if Pernod would work?

Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips September 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I LOVE Gin, and I love the taste of Cantaloupe, so they kinda have to go together right? This recipe goes perfectly with my liquid diet, so it’s definitely going in my “to consume” list. Hell, I’m even gonna pin it! 🙂

PS, you’ve never offended me, how the hell could you ever offend anyone? You are the sweetest, funniest, coolest chicky ever!!! Anyone who has a problem should probably take the stick out! <3 xoxo

DessertForTwo September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I love your pie chart. It’s so true!
And I just picked the fattest cantaloupe from the garden! Can’t wait!

Ken│hungry rabbit September 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I just purchased the most fragrant and HUGE cantaloupe from the Farmer’s Market. Glad I schlep that sucker home, I’m now set for the weekend.

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