Melon ballers are an underrated tool in my opinion. Why waste time slicing up melon when you can use a melon baller to make small bite-size pieces that can be used in a multitude of recipes?
When researching melon baller recipes, the overwhelming majority of results were to do with cocktails and alcoholic drinks.
However, there were also a few recipes that featured the use of a melon baller without any alcohol in sight!
If you’ve recently learned the joys of melon balling and are looking for any excuse to use your new tool, I have listed 25 recipes below for you to use to your heart’s content. Enjoy!
1. The Melon Baller By Seagram’s Gin
Melon ballers are an alcoholic drink that leave you feeling both refreshed and slightly lightheaded. They are commonly served in either tall glasses or martini glasses, with a vibrant lime green color and a garnish of melon balls on top.
Seagram’s has created their signature cocktail with gin, lemon-lime soda, and melon. It doesn’t get more refreshing than that!
2. Classic Cocktail Recipe: The Melon Ball By The Kitchn
The melon ball cocktails are a nice alternative to martinis served with onions or olives, for people who enjoy a sweeter cocktail.
This twist on a classic cocktail features the melon-infused drink in a martini glass with melon balls floating on the top as garnish.
Melon salad is one of the most refreshing summertime meals that you can make. The cheese pairs perfectly with the melon balls, and the mint leaves your palate feeling clean and purified before your next course.
4. Melon Ball Vodka Cocktail By Love to Know
If you’re in the mood for a cocktail but don’t fancy the sweetness of a traditional melon baller, this is a great alternative for you.
It uses melon-flavored vodka and a splash of orange juice to create a mellow taste that isn’t as in your face as the other melon ballers I’ve looked at so far.
Midori is another alcohol brand that specializes in melon liquor, so the Melon Ball cocktail is right up its alley. This simple yet effective cocktail features melon liqueur, vodka, orange juice, and melon balls.
This cocktail is made in seconds and is bound to be a fan favorite!
Melon and coconut are the perfect pair, so why are more people not putting them together in a salad?
This creamy salad leaves you with a mouthful of melon covered in thick, creamy coconut milk for a perfect balance between refreshing and enjoyable textures.
7. Thornton Melon-Ball By Food Network
This recipe allows you to determine how much orange juice you use so that you can alter the sweetness of your drink to your personal taste.
It also calls for melon balls of various different types of melon, instead of just one, so that you can experience different tastes and textures when enjoying the garnish.
8. Melon Ball Trifle Recipe By Celebration Generation
Trifle is an effortless yet impressive dessert to make and it is perfect for summer. Pair your melon balls with various different fruits and cakes soaked in liquor.
Yes, that’s right – this isn’t your average trifle. If you’re making it for the whole family; however, simply don’t soak the cake in vodka beforehand.
9. Melon Ball Cocktail By Dishes Delish
Another cocktail perfect for St Patrick’s day, this melon ball recipe is sweet and refreshing. If you’re bored of the usual dry cocktails being served at every dinner party, this alternative is sure to be a hit with your guests.
10. Refreshing Melon Ball Punch Recipe By Must Have Mom
Have all of these drink recipes been making your mouth water with excitement? Me too, but unfortunately I cannot drink alcohol at the moment.
If this is true for you as well, I might have found the perfect solution with this alcohol-free melon ball punch recipe.
11. Melon Ball Party Shooter By The Spruce Eats
If you’re someone who prefers to take their alcohol all at once instead of sipping it from a glass, the melon ball party shooter could be the one for you.
This fruity vodka shooter can be taken all at once and leaves you with an enjoyable sensation on the way down.
12. Spiked Melon Ball Slushies By Slim Pickins Kitchen
Melon-flavored drinks are the perfect summer treat as they are, so how can you improve on them? Make them slushies, of course!
This frozen drink is delicious and perfect for cooling you down during your pool parties. These are alcoholic, but you can also make them virgin too.
13. Melon Ball By Difford’s Guide
This three-ingredient cocktail could not be easier or quicker to make, and you’ll be left with a tall glass full of sunshine.
All you need is vodka, green melon liqueur, and orange juice to shake your drink together, with a slice of fresh orange for garnish.
14. Floating Melon Ball Jellies By Good Living Asda
These jellies are bound to wow kids by the floating balls within them, and both adults and children can enjoy them.
They have a refreshing taste and can be used as healthy alternatives to other desserts. Careful, though – once you make them, you’ll be asked for them every day!
15. Boozy Melon Bites By Delish
Why drink alcohol when you can eat it instead? These boozy melon bites are kebabs of mint and vodka-infused melon balls that you can serve at any summer party, guaranteed to be a hit.
Just make sure you make some non-alcoholic ones for the kids and don’t get the plates mixed up!
16. Chilled Melon Ball Salad By Sanjeev Kapoor
This melon salad is simply made up of melon balls infused with orange and lemon juice, using mint, salt, and pepper to taste. This is a divine starter or small meal for summertime.
If you haven’t tried melon ball salad yet, try it as soon as possible! You’ll thank me later.
17. Melon Ball By All Recipes
Another twist on the classic melon ball, this cocktail differs from the rest. Instead of using orange juice, pineapple juice is substituted in giving it a new flavor to enjoy.
18. Honey and Lime Melon Ball Skewers With Mint By The Wimpy Vegetarian
This recipe is another melon ball kebab dish. Three types of melon have been used to create a colorful look, with a honey and lime dressing that takes your melon balls to an entirely new level.
19. Drunken Melon Balls By Divas Can Cook
Melon balls are a great snack by themselves, so why not make them even more enjoyable by infusing them with alcohol and creating an alcoholic snack?
This recipe uses raspberry vodka, but you can use whatever alcohol you fancy.
20. Melon Ball Salad with Lime Syrup By My Recipes
The presentation of these salads alone makes them amazing, in short glasses that allow you to see all of the colors of the melon balls.
The sugar adds even more sweetness to the melon, but the lime balances this out and makes it all the more refreshing. Mouths must be watering, just looking at this recipe!
21. Vodka-Infused Melon Balls By Healthy Nibbles
Vodka-infused fruits are a much more enjoyable way of drinking alcohol. Why burn your throat and stomach with a straight vodka shooter, when you can instead eat a few melon balls and get the same lightheaded effects?
You will have to leave the melon balls to infuse for around two hours, so make sure that you prepare these with plenty of time.
22. Sparkling Melon Ball Sangria By Cooking JSL
I’ve looked at a lot of melon ball cocktail recipes, but this isn’t the only drink that you can make with melon balls.
This recipe shows you how to make a pitcher of sangria that is sweet, refreshing, and delicious. It calls for quite a lot of ingredients, but sharing this drink with friends and family is a great way to enjoy the most out of summer.
23. Melon Baller By Hy-Vee
Now I’m back on my melon baller cocktail kick, this recipe only takes five minutes to prepare and make, and five seconds to drink.
It’s so delicious that you’ll wonder who drank all of your melon baller ingredients before realizing that it was you and that you’d better go lay down for a minute or two.
24. Melon Ball Prosciutto Salad By Krazy Kitchen Mom
This colorful salad is the ideal lunch idea or starter meal to wow your friends and family during those warm months.
Some people even enjoy it for breakfast! The prosciutto and mozzarella pearls go excellently with the sweet melon – if you’ve never tried these three textures together, get on it!
25. Tipsy Melon Balls By Renaissance Mom
The final recipe combines both a cocktail and alcohol-infused melon balls.
Make your tipsy melon balls, serve them in a glass of fruit juice, and add a skewer so that the person enjoying the drink can pierce the balls and eat them as they’re enjoying their drink. This recipe is the best of both worlds!