Food Network Star Finalist Rodney Henry's entree for the Mentor's Challenge "Mystery Bag": Bitter Melon Fruit Salad Gin Martini as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.
Recipe courtesy of Rodney Henry

Bitter Melon and Gin

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 2 servings



  1. Heat up the rice wine vinegar, 1/4 cup water, the sugar and diced bitter melon in a saucepan. Cook until the sugar dissolves and the flavors combine. Then remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to the bitter melon seeds and toast in a pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, lemon zest, berries, cherries and toasted seeds.
  4. Divide the fruit between two cocktail glasses. Add the gin to both glasses, a couple tablespoons of bitter melon simple syrup and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  5. Eat the salad and enjoy your gin at the same time.