Tropical Melon Ball Punch

Tropical Melon Ball Punch
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

My friend and I wanted an excuse to use her melon baller, so we came up with this tropical punch to sip on her back deck.

When it starts getting really hot in the summer, it’s nice to have some refreshing drink ideas. Water is the easiest of course, but sometimes it’s nice to have something more fun.

Tropical Melon Ball Punch

Prep time:
Makes a big pitcher

You can do this with any type of juice, but I really enjoy the tropical ones. When you buy juice try to find one that’s pure juice with no added sugar or refined syrups.

You can play with whatever ratio you like of juice to sparkling water. I like about 90% water/ice and 10% juice, but it also depends on what type of juice. If it’s a strong flavor that works, but softer flavors are better with more juice in the mix.

I love natural sparkling water, but soda water is always easy to find and very inexpensive. You can of course use still water, but the bubbles make it more fun and I feel like it’s more refreshing somehow.

Lots of ice is crucial, especially when it’s really hot.

Other fruits and vegetables make fun additions with different juices. Citrus slices, berries and cucumber slices are common ones. It’s also nice to just do infused water (still or sparkling).

You can also add fresh herbs to your pitcher, which will add a fantastic flavor. Try mint, basil, lemon balm – or even thyme or lavendar for a really different flavor.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 liter sparkling water, soda water or tonic water
  • 1/4 cup guava juice
  • 1/4 cup mango juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh melon balls

Directions

  1. Combine all the liquids in a large pitcher.
  2. Scoop balls out of a fresh melon, or chop up some cubes if you don’t have a melon baller.
  3. Find some fun glasses (martini, wine, etc) and head out to the patio with your sunglasses, some tunes and maybe a good book.

What kind of punch do you like? Let me know your favorites below!

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