Melon and Muscatel

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

4 cantaloupes

1/4 watermelon



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.