Fresh Melon Julep
Makes 8 servings.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, snipped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 10 cups cantaloupe balls (about 3 cantaloupes)
  • 2 honeydew melon balls
  • 2 watermelon balls
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Preparation Instructions

Combine sugar and mint leaves with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour through a strainer, discard mint. Stir in lemon or lime juice and rum. Cool. Combine cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon with cooled mint-rum syrup. Chill several hours or overnight. To serve, spoon fruit into dessert dishes and garnish with sprigs of mint.

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