Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Honeydew and Cantaloupe in Vanilla Lime Syrup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/3 cup water

2 limes, zest removed in strips with a vegetable peeler

1 vanilla bean, split

4 cups 3/4 to 1-inch honeydew melon balls (from one 5-pound melon)

Garnish: whipped cream and freshly grated lime zest


  1. In a small saucepan simmer syrup ingredients, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat, add split vanilla bean, and cool syrup completely. 
  2. Discard zest and vanilla bean. Syrup may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. 
  3. Just before serving, in a medium bowl combine melon balls with syrup and divide mixture among 6 martini glasses. Top each serving with a generous dollop of cream and garnish with grated zest.