Makes a wonderful dessert!
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water or 1 1/2 cups fruit juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons muscatel or 2 tablespoons port wine
mint, for serving
- In a small saucepan, place the sugar, water, lemon juice, vinegar, and ginger. Heat to a boiling, stirring well.
- Continue boiling for about 5 minutes, then strain syrup through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl. Cool.
- Meanwhile, de-seed the cantaloupes and watermelon. Using a melon baller, collect balls and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then sprinkle on the muscatel. Toss gently.
- Pour syrup over melon balls and refrigerate for several hours before serving.