Melon Patch Cocktail

The Melon Patch is an easy vodka cocktail.
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
335 Calories
7g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 335
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 21mg 103%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 120mg 3%
*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.)

The melon patch is a fabulous option for a springtime brunch cocktail that would make an excellent accompaniment to a fresh fruit salad. It's a light and refreshing melon and vodka drink that's very easy to mix up.

This recipe uses four ingredients that are common in most bars, so there's no need to hunt down anything special or out of the ordinary in order to pull it off. For the melon liqueur, Midori is one of your best bets, and it pairs perfectly with vodka. The triple sec brings in a hint of citrus, while the club soda gives it a fresh sparkle. The result is a fruity green highball that everyone's sure to love.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the vodka, melon liqueur, and triple sec into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a highball glass with ice cubes. Fill with club soda.

  5. Garnish with an orange slice. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • A drink like this is the perfect use for budget-friendly vodkas because the fruit flavors will mask any of the less desirable flavor nuances, including any harsh alcohol burn. Luckily, there are some surprisingly wonderful options available that can help you save some money while producing a great drink.
  • On the other hand, think twice about going too cheap on the triple sec, as they are often too sweet and artificially flavored. It's a staple in the bar, and you'll use it all the time, so spend a little more for a quality liqueur, and you'll see a big improvement in your drinks.
  • To ensure you're always pouring fully carbonated club soda, consider buying it in smaller bottles unless you use it often.

Recipe Variations

  • This is a very easy recipe to transform into a large batch, which is a good choice when you're entertaining. Keep the ingredients in proportion and multiply it by the number of servings you need. You can even mix the liquors in a pitcher, then top the individual glasses with soda to ensure your guests get the most refreshing drink possible.
  • You can add extra flavor to the melon patch by infusing your own vodka with fruit or choosing one of the many flavored vodkas on the market. Double up on the melon flavor with a melon vodka or try a complementary flavor like citrus, strawberry, or vanilla vodkas.

How Strong Is a Melon Patch?

The volume of club soda you pour may vary, depending on the size of your glass. That will ultimately affect the alcohol content of the melon patch. Yet, it's always going to be a mild cocktail that weighs in somewhere around 14 percent ABV (28 proof). That's perfectly normal for—if not slightly higher than—a highball cocktail.