DIY Melon Liqueur Recipe

Photograph: Marcia Simmons

Even if you've had bad Midori sours, you shouldn't discount the deliciousness of melon liqueur.

Notes: Do not use frozen melon for this liqueur; even when it has been properly defrosted it seems to dilute the flavor. If you would like a less-sweet liqueur, start by using only half the suggested sugar and water. Let the mixture rest a day, then sample and add more simple syrup to taste.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 20 servings
Makes: 2 1/2 cups

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  • 2 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe, rind removed (about half a melon)

  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water


  1. Place chopped melon in a sealable glass jar, then add vodka. Seal and shake. Let mixture steep for 3 days at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Strain fruit out, pressing down to extract liquid. Then, filter mixture through a coffee filter or through two layers of cheesecloth.

  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Let syrup cool.

  3. Once the syrup is cool, combine it with the melon infusion. Seal in bottle or jar, then shake to mix. Let rest for a minimum of one day. Store in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Special equipment

Fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth or coffee filter, resealable bottle or jar

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
79 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 16mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)