Minty Blowfish Kiwano Cocktail

Chill out this summer with a cocktail made with Kiwanos! Who knew a horned melon could taste so good with sparkling wine?!


  • 1/2 Kiwano melon
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Sparkling wine


Slice Kiwano Melon in half size. Cut around the edges of the melon between the skin and the flesh. Use a spoon to dig out the flesh and place in cocktail shaker. Keep away the melon half. Add the Cast leaves and mess vigorously. Add gin and lemon juice to the mixture. Shake well with ice pieces and strain into the melon half, or use a martini glass if you are too prissy to hold a prickly cup. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon or Kiwano slice.

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