Melon Ball Vodka Cocktail: A Mellow & Easy Drink

Updated November 23, 2021
Vodka-spiked melon balls ready for cocktails


  • 2 ounces melon liqueur
  • 1 ounce melon-flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Ice
  • Melon balls for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, melon liqueur, and orange juice.
  2. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with melon balls.

Substitutions and Variations

You can make some simple substitutions to this sweet melon drink.

  • Use coconut rum in place of the vodka for tropical appeal.
  • Use neutrally flavored vodka for less melon flavor.
  • Muddle a few mint leaves in the cocktail shaker with a dash of the melon liqueur before adding the remaining ingredients.
  • Muddle some melon balls in the cocktail shaker before adding remaining ingredients for fresh melon flavor.


What better to garnish a drink called the melon ball than some brightly colored melon balls? A cocktail skewer with melon balls of varying colors adds visual appeal to this drink.

About the Melon Ball Cocktail

Any college student can tell you that spiked melon balls (melon balls marinated in vodka) is a great and sneaky way to enjoy some surreptitious booze because the flesh of the melon is super absorbent and holds onto vodka very, very well. The melon ball cocktail is the grown up version of this practice--only without the subterfuge. Think of it as an adult fruit salad with a kick that's mostly kick and not a lot of fruit. Can you say boozy brunch?

A Drink That's One in a Melon

This cocktail will take you back to the lazy days of summer when melon was a favorite treat. Only now, it's even better because it comes with vodka. So try this chilly, mellow, refreshing cocktail for a drink that's one in a melon. Looking for more boozy melon flavor? Try the vibrant green antifreeze cocktail.

Melon Ball Vodka Cocktail: A Mellow & Easy Drink