Wine Punch with Melon Ice Cubes

Wine Punch with Melon Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • 1 small cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • One 750-ml bottle chilled dry Riesling
  • 5 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon basil sprigs

Directions

  1. Using a large melon baller, scoop balls from the cantaloupe or honeydew, or a mix of the two.
  2. Transfer the melon balls to a baking sheet and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. In a small pitcher, stir the honey syrup with the Riesling, Cointreau and lemon juice. Put the frozen melon balls in 6 wineglasses and pour in the punch.
  5. Garnish with lemon basil sprigs.