Summery Mojito-Soaked Melon Balls

Last updated on August 24th, 2021

These summery mojito fruit cups have me telling my childhood fruit cocktail, “eat your heart out!” These mojito-soaked melon balls are amazingly refreshing on hot summer days. It’s the fruit cocktail that’s both fruit AND a cocktail.

Leave me alone in a room with a melon baller, a basket of fruit and a bottle of rum and all sorts of fun things happen. Okay, [sigh] maybe not that many fun things… But this eatable, drinkable, and maybe-make-you-a-little-tipsy-recipe certainly is one of them.

assorted fruit with bacardi rum

You’ll want to give this one a try for your next party, brunch, get-together, or work meeting. *See Note

The prep is fairly easy, provided you have a melon baller handy. This recipe can be done with diced melons as well, but the effect and texture may be a bit off. Melon balls make quick work of the fruit and look much prettier as well! Also, they’ll run you about $5 – $7 at your local grocery store.

Tips & Tricks for Mojito-Soaked Melon Balls

Ingredients:

  • sugar
  • water
  • light rum
  • lime juice
  • lime peel
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew
  • seedless watermelon
  • fresh pineapple
  • mint sprigs

The first step in this process involves creating the basic simple syrup; a foundational ingredient inmost cocktails.

Combine sugar & water in small saucepan, cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in rum, lime juice and the grated lime peel. Allow mixture to cool.

simple syrup, rum and melon balls

In a large bowl, combine melon balls, pineapple and mint. Add the rum marinade and toss gently to coat.

add syrup to melon balls

Cover and refrigerate for six hours, but up to overnight. This allows the mojito mixture to fully soak into the fruit, and infuse it with the intense rum and citrus flavor.

To serve, discard mint; spoon fruit with syrup into serving glasses, and garnish with fresh mint.

*Note: Work Meeting? That was a joke – but see, no one actually reads food bloggers do they? Or… do they…?

Summery Mojito-Soaked Melon Balls

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Course: Beverage & Cocktail Recipes, Dessert & Sweets Recipes, RecipesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Marinade (Soak) Time

0

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Marinating Time (Soak)

12

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

These mojito-soaked melon balls are perfectly refreshing on hot summer days. The fruit cocktail that’s both fruit AND cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/2 cup light rum

  • 2 tbsp lime juice

  • 1 tsp grated lime peel

  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls

  • 2 cups honeydew balls

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon balls

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple

  • 3 mint sprigs – additional for garnish

Directions

  • Combine sugar & water in small saucepan, cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, stir in rum, lime juice and lime peel. Allow mixture to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine melon balls, pineapple and mint.
  • Add rum marinade and toss gently to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Discard mint; spoon fruit with syrup into serving cups and garnish with fresh mint.

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