Drunken Melon Balls


Who knew that letting melons chillax in a pool of triple sec, pineapple juice and raspberry vodka could make for such a refreshing summer treat.

I love making these in the summer time when melons are super sweet. Using the melon baller is a lot quicker than slicing the fruit up in my opinion. I keep the fruit ball cut-out close together to avoid too much wasted fruit.

I’m not really sure what the correct title is for these melon balls… vodka melon balls? Melons infused with vodka? Alcoholic fruit salad?  Drunken melon balls? There are just too many names for this, which makes sense because there are soooo many ways to change this up simply by switching up the alcohol.

Around here we call them boozy balls just because it’s so fun to say. Go a’head, say it. Isn’t it fun? They also make super fun kabobs! Just thread them on a bamboo skewer sit them out on a platter and watch how fast they disappear. (Just make sure you make an alcohol free batch for the kiddos because I don’t know too many kids that can resists round fruit on a stick)

These 21 and older melon balls go GREAT for a girls night in party, wedding brunch, cookouts or just lounging outside on a hot day.

They have a light alcohol taste that still allows for the natural sweetness of the fruit to come through. You can certainly double the alcohol if you prefer it the other way around and hey, I’m not here to judge.

Give me these drunken melon balls, a good magazine and comfy porch swing
and I’m happy as a lark.


Melon Balls waiting to soak in their vodka pineapple juice triple sec bath!

Watch me make these drunken melon balls from start to finish


4.7 from 3 reviews
Drunken Melon Balls...Aaaahhh Summer Is Here!!!
Recipe type: snack, appetizer
  • (I used roughly 7½ cups of melon balls)
  • 1 small, seedless watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honey dew melon
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup raspberry vodka (or your favorite fruit flavored vodka)
  • ½ cup triple sec
  1. Slice the fruit in half and remove the seeds from the cantaloupe and honeydew.
  2. Use a melon baller to scoop out the melons and place in a shallow container with a lid.
  3. Add pineapple juice.
  4. Pour in raspberry vodka and triple sec.
  5. Toss the fruit and arrange so that the melon balls are submerged if possible.
  6. Cover and freeze just until partially frozen. You can also chill them for a few hours if you don't want them partially frozen.
  7. Enjoy.
CUSTOMIZE IT!!! Add in whatever fruity alcohol you enjoy but keep it simple! You really can't screw this recipe up... well unless you just start mixing up all kinda weird and crazy stuff. The raspberry vodka and triple sec is just what I had on hand. I love using midori which is a melon flavored liqueur or tequila, lime and triple sec for a margarita flavor I love these melon balls frozen!

*note* If you are making this recipe when melons are out of season (which I highly do not recommend) or are not as sweet, you may need to add some simple syrup (sugar water) to the mixture. Don’t use super ripe fruit that is mushy. Ick! It will be just fall apart on ya.

Have fun and don’t forget to drink (or eat in this case) responsibly! : )


  1. Glenn says

    I’m going on tubing trip can I scoop out all the melon balls night before and keep them chilled in fridge until I get to campground next day and then add all juices and liquor? Or would it be better to add juices and liquor after I scoop out the melon balls so they can soak all night and be ready for when I get to campground? Thanks

  2. Kamilah Dumas says

    what other varieties can you suggest as far as liquior combo’s .. Im not good at selecting ..

  3. Ethel says

    Yes! Yes! Tried this on yesterday. When I tell you, its presentation, the aroma and the taste was unforgiven; believe me when I say, ” Go girl night!

  4. Briana says

    I made these bad boy’s on 4th of July and it was amazing!!! Just replaced the Raspberry Vodka w/ New Amsterdam Peach. :) Thank you Monique for sharing.

  5. Ashley says

    Love this recipe idea! I was thinking about making it for a party I’m having in a month. Quick question though, I wanted to make these ahead (either in the day time for the night time festivities, or the night before) …. would you recommend cooling them in the fridge until you use them, or take them out of the freezer a few hours before the event and leave them in the fridge until then?

    • Chelly says

      Try a mango juice or some type of a mango blend.
      Ocean spray has a crab-mango that would be yummy
      But also might completely overpower the melon.
      Orange juice would be good, also maybe even try try one of
      Those v8 juices: but citrus of any kind really would be better

  6. Toi says

    I made these for a “Girl’s Night Out” party and they were a hit. Everyone loved them!! Thanks for a great recipe Monique.

  7. Alyssa says

    If Your underage, then you can just add the pineapple juice without the vodka and triple sec, it wouldnt taste as good, but its fine!!!!! Thanks Monique!!!!

  8. Yola says

    If you wanted to, you could insert toothpicks into the honeydew balls and insert them in a glass so that they look like olives (:

    Keep up the good work (:

  9. Anonymous says

    Any suggestions for "virgin" (no alcohol) melon balls?
    Luv all the recipes I've tried so far. Keep doing what you do!
    Have a SPIRIT-filled day!!

  10. Lauren says

    Just balled(lol) my fruit so they can chill overnight. (No room in the freezer to freeze them.) Will add Pucker Up Grape Gone Wild Vodka and Triple Sec in the morn, getting ready for the 4th of July fish fry!
    Thanks Monique!

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