Melon Patch Cocktail

The Melon Patch is an easy vodka cocktail.
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
360 Calories
0g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 31030mg 1,349%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 2g
Calcium 74mg 6%
*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 exotic 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 melon liqueur, triple sec, and vodka 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.

  6. 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.