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.
- 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. Combine all ingredients in a filled-with-ice shaker.
- 2. Shake well for 10 to 15 seconds, until the shaker is frosted on the outside.
- 3. Add a dash of club soda to the shaker, and then fine strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
- 4. Garnish with melon, if using.
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Sesame-infused soju Ingredients
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 bottle (750 ml) soju
Sesame-infused soju Directions
- Combine soju and seeds in a pitcher.
- Let them infuse for 24 hours, and then fine-strain into a separate pitcher (or back into the original bottle!).