December 05, 2017 Advent with SusieJ

Melon Ball

This is Jorj's father's drink, and this is the story as Jorj told it to me:

In 1988, George, Sr. was the master carpenter for the Forge Theatre, a community theater group in Phoenixville. They had an unbelievable season that year, they did 10 plays in one year, not quite as many as they could have squozen in. They kept making increasing demands, and he kept saying yes to them, because that runs in the family. He built every set that year.

He dragged me into it, first as a dead body in Arsenic and Old Lace. Then I was helping him with sets that summer. I was in the Christmas play, and I did sound and other things.

At the end of the season they had a very big party. They were very appreciative, and gave my dad some crazy award.

There was an open bar at the party. Dad asked me what I wanted; I shrugged. He turned to the bartender and ordered a melon ball. The bartender asked, "Is this for you or for him?" Dad said, "It's for me." After we walked away, he handed it to me. That was the beginning of me and melon balls.

  • 2 ounces Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 4 ounces orange, pineapple or grapefruit juice

In a rocks glass, pour Midori, vodka, and juice over ice, stir, sip.

[Yellow and green melon ball cocktail on a red background; copyright 2017 Jorj F. Bauer, all rights reserved]