Melon-choly Vodka Cocktail

The Melon-choly
The Melon-choly / Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Mike Jones, head bartender, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago

This refreshing drink also works as a nonalcoholic sparkler: add some extra cubes of cantaloupe, and finish with a generous splash of seltzer or soda water.

About the Vodka

Belvedere Vodka is a rye-based spirit from Poland. Its crisp, relatively neutral profile allows bright, clean flavors like cantaloupe and basil to shine.

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  • 1½ ounces Belvedere Vodka
  • 4–5 cantaloupe cubes
  • 2 basil leaves, plus 1 for garnish
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce lime juice

Add all ingredients (except garnish) to cocktail shaker. Muddle cantaloupe and basil gently. Add ice, and shake well. Pass through fine-mesh strainer into coupe. Garnish with remaining basil leaf.

Published on July 6, 2018