The Story Behind The Melon Collins

Undercote, a stylish cocktail den beneath NYC’s Cote steakhouse, serves a refreshing long drink, Big Melons in Little Collins. We adapted it slightly for home bartenders. The flavors and presentation are elegant, especially if you break out the melon baller and skewer some fruit as a garnish. (Of course, that's entirely optional.)

Best of all, the rubric is surprisingly versatile. No honeydew melons? Try cucumber.

Looking for a classic Tom Collins? Head over here.


  • 2 ounces sesame-infused soju, such as Tokki (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce honeydew melon or cucumber juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Club soda to top
  • Melon balls or slices for garnish (optional)


  1. 1. Combine all ingredients in a filled-with-ice shaker.
  2. 2. Shake well for 10 to 15 seconds, until the shaker is frosted on the outside.
  3. 3. Add a dash of club soda to the shaker, and then fine strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  4. 4. Garnish with melon, if using.

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Updated: 2022-03-24

Sesame-infused soju Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) soju

Sesame-infused soju Directions

  1. Combine soju and seeds in a pitcher.
  2. Let them infuse for 24 hours, and then fine-strain into a separate pitcher (or back into the original bottle!).
Sesame-infused soju and refreshing melon juice come together in this elegant, surprisingly versatile cocktail from NYC's Undercote. Learn how to make it with this recipe. A must have cocktail that can easily be adjusted for seasonal spring or summer fruits.