Melon ball ice cubes are the perfect way to keep your drinks cool. Aside from looking impressive, they add a light and refreshing melon taste rather than watering your drink down. You can also enjoy these frozen melon balls as a delicious and icy cold snack in summer!
What kind of melons can you use? I used watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. But winter melon (also known as canary melon) and golden honeydew are also great options.
step-by-step how to make melon ball ice cubes
Halve your melons lengthwise, then scoop out and remove the seeds. For watermelon you will have to buy seedless.
Using a melon baller, scoop out the melon into balls. I chose to use the smaller end of a double sided scoop. Don't worry if they don't all come out perfectly round. Many of mine had a flatter side.
Prepare a tray that will fit into your freezer by covering it with parchment or wax paper. Place the melon balls on the tray. Make sure that the aren't touching to prevent them from freezing together.
Allow the melon balls to freeze for at least a couple of hours. And voilà! The most adorable and delicious ice cubes ever.
Now that they're nice and frozen they are ok to touch each other. Store them in the freezer in freezer bags until you are ready to use them.
Now all that's left to do is decide how you will use them. They are an impressive addition to cocktails, as well as many other beverages. I love them in this amazingly refreshing, sparkling spa water.
I simply placed honeydew and cantaloupe melon ball ice cubes into a glass with fresh cucumber slices (the stars). Then I topped it with sparkling water, and garnished it with a sprig of fresh mint for fragrance. It tastes like you are instantly transported to a luxury spa.
I've also used them in my delicious, sugar-free cucumber lemonade. The honeydew melon balls suit this drink perfectly.
How did you use your melon ball ice cubes? Let me know in the comments below!