I am picky about my drinks. Before we go out for cocktails, I always scope the menu for something that has the following: vodka (or tequila, but only in margaritas) and ingredients I can pronounce and could identify in a lineup. My go-to drinks are: moscow mules, lemondrops, strong margaritas, and comsopolitans (lavender and coconut variations welcomed). I don't mind taking 1-2 tiny sips of Ben's whiskey or rye (neat) and I can tolerate about two sips of a gin and tonic on a very hot day when I am feeling preppy. I can't and won't drink rum, I really dislike warm alcoholic beverages, and don't do the too-sweet realm of drinks. As for ingredients, lemon, lime, cranberry and ginger are good to go, but anything else always worries me. I have a phobia that I'm allergic to various foods. I know, I'm weird.
So whenever Ben wants to try new cocktails, it doesn't go very well for me. The one I'm about to share looks totally toxic but that's because orange juice mixed with bright green liqueur makes alien eyeball coloring. Halloween beverage anyone? I did think that these tasted good. And Ben loved them (he's drinking one now, in fact). Melon balls aren't too sweet, too alcohol-y, or made of any ingredients I specifically don't like. They aren't getting a place on my cocktails of choice, but I do think that people that still safely fall into the normal category of human would love these. To make your own melon balls...
2 parts midori
1 part vodka
Honeydew melon balls
Orange, pineapple or grapefruit juice
First, carve up your honeydew melon into really fun little balls using a melon baller (you can get one at Safeway). Skewer the melon balls and place them in an empty martini glass. Next, fill a shaker with ice and add two parts midori to one part vodka (that means 2 shots midori and 1 shot midori for one drink). Shake it up and pour it into your glass. Top off your glass with orange juice (used above) or your choice of fruity beverage.
*As a warning, don't get the "more pulp" OJ for this beverage, it's kinda weird. Lemonade also makes a super sweet melon ball.