|Melon Melody Martini
Reminiscent of a fancy martini, this sexy drink is perfect for a gathering of friends. The colorful garnishes, made of tiny fresh melon balls, are easy to make and add an impressive finishing touch. But be forewarned, the melon soaks up the punch, so be careful snacking! Serving: 8
Punch bowl and glasses
4 cups pineapple juice
2 cups vodka
3/4 cup Midori (melon liqueur)
1/2 cup cream of coconut (Coco Lopez)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 small cantaloupe, chilled
1/4 small honeydew melon, chilled
1-inch-thick slice of small seedless watermelon, chilled
4 cups crushed ice
Mix all of the liquid ingredients in the punch bowl.
Cut the melons into 1/2-inch balls using the smaller end of a melon baler. Thread the melon balls in combinations onto 8 large cocktail picks or small skewers. If you have more melon than you need, cut additional balls and float them in the punch for added color.
Add the crushed ice to the punch. Garnish individual glasses with the melon ball swizzles and serve immediately.
Note: Cream of coconut, not to be confused with the unsweetened coconut milk and cream used for cooking, is a thick, sweetened coconut product.