Honey Deuce Melon Ball Punch
Alluringly rosy and ultra-refreshing, the Honey Deuce, a spiked lemonade, is just one reason thousands flock to Flushing, New York, at the end of summer in search of long rallies and star-studded stands. It’s the official drink of the U.S. Open, the final major tennis tournament of each year. A satisfyingly light cocktail, it tastes like a grown-up pink lemonade, and this version makes a batch large enough to quench the thirsts of a crowd. Store-bought lemonade is bolstered by fresh lemon juice to temper its sweetness, while honeydew melon, scooped to resemble tennis balls, sits atop each glass, serving up an easy way to transport yourself to center court.
- Serves: 6 persons
- ½honeydew melon
- 3cups store-bought lemonade
- 1 ½cups vodka
- ½cup raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord
- ¼cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)
- Ice, as needed
Step 1Use a melon baller or mini ice cream scoop to scoop the honeydew into balls. (These serve as your tennis ball garnish.) Freeze until ready to serve.
Step 2Combine the lemonade, vodka, raspberry liqueur and lemon juice in a pitcher or large measuring cup. Stir with a wooden spoon and refrigerate until very cold, about 30 minutes.
Step 3Fill highball or old-fashioned glasses with ice. Stir the batched cocktail once more and divide it among the glasses. Skewer 2 melon balls with a toothpick to garnish each drink.