This honeydew melon bellini is a refreshing take on the classic peach bellini drink, it is made with honeydew melon puree, lime juice, and sparkling wine.
I originally saw this honeydew melon drink recipe in a Bon Appétit magazine several years ago. It was one of those where you think this would be such a great drink to make, but you never actually make it. Finally, I had a honeydew melon on hand and remembered the drink, but I couldn’t find the issue that had the recipe.
I did remember that the recipe included puree from fresh honeydew melon and prosecco -or sparkling wine of some sorts. I love the traditional bellini, a sparkling peach cocktail, and have some good memories of after work happy hours drinking bellinis. I am waiting for the local peaches to make their debut to make the classic drink, but this honeydew bellini is a great variation (though I’m sure the purists will say a bellini can only be made with peaches).
I made this honeydew melon bellini for a brunch party and it was a great success. It was refreshing, fruity and bubbly, a great combination. For a non-alcoholic version you can replace the prosecco with sparkling cider or other sparkling fruit juice. The only advice I have is to pour the pour the prosecco over the honeydew melon puree very carefully and slowly, it tends to get foamy and spill over a lot more than any other combination of fruit puree and sparkling wine.
Honeydew melon bellini
- 5 cups of diced honeydew melon about ½ of a large melon
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Sugar to taste based on the sweetness of the melon
- 1 bottle of chilled prosecco champagne, cava or other sparkling wine
- Combine the diced honeydew melon with the lime juice and sugar in a blender and blend until you obtain a smooth puree.
- Strain the puree, chill for at least 30 minutes or until ready to use. A couple hours is ideal. For an extra smooth puree that is less likely to make the drinks overflow when mixed with the sparkling wine, strain the honeydew puree a second time after chilling. Then chill again for a few hours. It makes a significant difference.
- Pour the honeydew melon puree into champagne flutes, no more than half full.
- Add the prosecco or other sparkling wine, pouring it gently to avoid making a bubbly mess.
- Stir lightly and serve immediately.