Drunk Melon Balls: The Labor Day Party Must-Have

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An optional storage and serving idea for your drunk melon balls.
Although it'll stay hot here through at least the "fall," Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last big pool party and/or barbecuing weekend of the year. And nothing goes better with swimsuits and/or smoked meats than cool, refreshing, healthy fruit. That's been saturated with booze.

Drunk watermelon is a summer tradition (check out our guide to making the best drunk watermelon and not destroying the thing while you transport it), but what about other fruits? Why should they be left out of the party? Especially when they're so ripe and in season and begging to soak up some cheap vodka like an insecure college freshman on bid night?

Here's our suggestion: Make both. Buy some cheap vodka and go to town on that watermelon. But while you're at Spec's, buy some white rum, too -- because we're going to show you how to make drunk melon balls.

Here's what you'll need in your kitchen:

  • melon baller or spoon
  • microplane grater or zester
  • nice big bowl


  • 7 c. melon balls (any melon, or assorted melons)
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1 c. white (or light) rum
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 T. lime zest

Scoop out little balls of melon from each of your melons (I prefer a blend of honeydew, cantaloupe and temptation melon) until you have 7 cups worth. Put them into your nice big bowl. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar in the white rum and then add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Pour the rum over the melon balls and toss lightly to coat.

Zest a lemon and a lime, then sprinkle the melon balls with 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lime zest. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. The longer you leave the fruit, the more it will soak up the rum mixture -- so beware. Toss once more before serving and enjoy.

Recipe adapted from food.com.

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Spec's Warehouse

2410 Smith St., Houston, TX

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Love it! Rum and fruit go hand in hand. ~ UG


 @kashilcutt Try this -- take a large can of pinapple chunks.  Drain saving about 1/2 of the juice.  Put pineapple and remaining juice in a plastic bowl w/fitted lid.  Now fill the rest of the way with Malibu Rum, attach lid and place in fridge overnight or freezer until cold.  Bite size pina coladas that are cool, refreshing and do add to the tipsy factor!


Let's just say that I can vouch for the yumminess and potency!

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