7.09.2016

A Light Finish

If you know me at all, you know that I am all about dessert after dinner. After lunch. Occasionally, after breakfast.

A meal, without something at the end, just doesn't feel right to me.

However, my expanding waistline doesn't feel right to me, either. And it is darned hot out here in the Southwest, so heavy desserts just don't appeal. (However so many beautiful things are blooming!)

Here is a light dessert that leaves you feeling good, and has numerous variations. And, now that all the melons are in season, it’s a no-brainer!

Stay cool!

~ David

Marinated Melon Balls

1 orange-flesh melon: cantaloupe, Dulcinea
1 green-flesh melon: honeydew
1 small seedless watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons sugar
mint sprigs, for garnish

Slice melons on half and scoop out the seeds from the orange- and green-fleshed melons.

Using a small melon baller, make 24 balls from each melon. You should only need half the melon; reserve the rest for other uses.

Place all the melon balls in a medium bowl.

Place the tequila, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir to ensure all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

When cool, drizzle over the melon balls, then stir to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve, stirring a couple of times to distribute the syrup.

Spoon the melon balls into pretty wine glasses, and top with a sprig of mint or a candied violet.

Serves 6.

Variations:
-    use limoncello with a little extra added lemon juice
-    use amaretto with some orange juice, then top with a crumbled amaretto cookie

-    use no alcohol, but simply a blend of lime juice and lavender syrup

34 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and refreshing dessert!! Love that you added some tequila and lime. A few years back at a French restaurant we had strawberries and a orange liquor that has been stewing together for a few hours. Delicious! Wondering how the monsoons are this summer?

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    1. Macerated fruits make for a wonderful dessert... Tonight, it will be peaches in moscato with almond. Yum!

      Great monsoons so far - th desert is quite green and lush!

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  2. Though we may disagree about dessert in general., I never desire it but I'm constantly making it anyway. I do think these little gems would end any meal nicely. Or even stand alone as a "desserty" breakfast. GREG.

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    1. So this goes along with the age-old adage, "Martinis - not just for breakfast anymore!"

      You know, Greg, the older I get (and, boy, am I getting older!), the less dessert I want. I small token is all I need to end a meal. A Mozartkugeln, a lemon square, a piece of chocolate. Or some macerated melon balls...

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  3. Beautiful, BUT I'd have to swap out the tequila for another liquor! ;) Bad experience. haha!

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    1. You aren't alone, Christina! That is why I gave several variations! :)

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  4. Tequila and melon sound like just the ticket, and I've only just finished my morning coffee! I love that you've balled the melon, too. Classic.

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    1. Well, that would make for quite the starter to your day, John!

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  5. Nice one. I first learned about melon ballers in a 1972 home economics class. A lovely dessert, David.

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    1. Oddly, Liz, I use my melon baller most for coring pears!

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  6. This sounds so refreshing! And it's a beautiful presentation. Sounds like just the right light summer dessert!

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    1. It is perfect for the heat here, Caroline! Would work well for you, too, in S.C.

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  7. This is a great dessert! The taste of melons with alcohol. Fabulous!

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  8. Oh how lovely! I'm all about melons in the summertime and this presentation is so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Valentina - it is summer in a glass!

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  9. I actually don't have much of a sweet tooth, but this is right up my alley. Fresh fruit is the perfect end to a meal. And a few drops of booze never hurt anyone... ;-)

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    1. I can only WISH that I didn't have a sweet tooth, Frank. But sometimes fruit is just the right thing. And I completely agree with you about "a few drops of alcohol!"

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  10. I got my love of fresh fruit after a summer's meal from watching my Dad do it every supper. This dessert is perfect, David, and would give me something to do with my secret stash of Limoncello that I made last Christmas. Shhh!

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    1. Why the secrecy on the Limoncello front, John? Is it just that once everybody knows, they all want some?

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  11. David - Beautiful and what doesn't taste better with tequila?

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    1. Nicole – tequila one of the five major food groups?

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  12. These photographs are stunning David! Boozy melon--love it!

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    1. Thanks, Inger! I really appreciate that.

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  13. Love the colors of those three melons!

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  14. Beautiful, boozy, bright!
    This is such a festive finish to a summertime meal. Love it, D. xoox

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    1. It's so nice to have refreshing desserts for our hot desert nights, Colette!

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  15. Dear David, a perefect ending for a great meal in summertime! I am quite grateful that around here there are lots of different melons to choose from these days, I serve some every single day while the season lasts and the kids love them (sans the booze, for us though).
    Liebe Grüße,
    Andrea

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    1. Andrea - simply using lime juice and a little mint is a perfect blend for melons. You are lucky to have so many available to you!

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  16. So. so pretty and perfect for a summer dessert! The limoncello and non-alchohol variations sound like heaven to me. I'm in the bad experience with tequila club too :)

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    1. It seems that tequila has been the downfall of several readers! :) There are so many other ways to enjoy the melons!

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  17. This sounds amazing; I love all of the creative variations too! I may have found dessert for tonight!

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    1. Thanks, Lois - it is kind of embarrassing even to call this a recipe! It is so simple, but so good.

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