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Watermelon Balls with Lime and Mint Simple Syrup

by Jamie

Watermelon balls with lime & mint simple syrup is a refreshing summer treat! 4 ingredients with an option to add vodka, rum, or tequila for spiked watermelon balls!

watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

These watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup is such a refreshing treat during hot summer days! It’s flavored with fresh lime juice and zest and mixed with mint simple syrup that pairs wonderfully with fresh watermelon.  You could also add vodka, rum, or tequila to turn this into spiked watermelon balls for a wonderful summertime boozy treat!

watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

With just four ingredients, you can make this refreshing chilled watermelon ball salad with lime and mint! It’s so perfect for cooling off during the summer. Also it’s great to make when entertaining friends and family and can be made hours ahead of time.watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

How to Make Watermelon Ball Salad with Lime and Mint Syrup

The four ingredients you’ll need are:

  • about 4 – 5 cups of watermelon
  • lime
  • sugar
  • mint
  • Optional: vodka, rum, or tequila if you want to make spiked watermelon balls

watermelon, lime, mint, and a bowl of sugar

How to Make Mint Simple Syrup

Start with making the mint simple syrup as it needs to cool.

Simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. You can infuse these with fresh herbs, fruit peels, or spices.

It’s important to not boil the fresh herbs. Once the sugar dissolves and the syrup simmers, turn off the heat and steep the fresh herbs in the syrup until the syrup has cooled. This allows the simple syrup to retain the fresh mint flavors by not overheating the herbs.

Store your mint simple syrup in the fridge for up to 5 days. Discard the syrup if the color changes or if it becomes cloudy.

Soak the Watermelon Balls, the Longer the Better

While your mint simple syrup is cooling, prepare your watermelon. Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh of your watermelon and add them to a large bowl. One personal sized watermelon yielded about 4 – 5 cups of watermelon balls. You could also use a regular sized watermelon. You’ll find the flesh is actually a little softer and easier to use with a melon baller if you’re using a regular sized watermelon. Also if you don’t have the time or energy, just simply cut your watermelon into cubes.

watermelon balls in a glass bowl with lime and mintwatermelon balls in a glass bowl with lime and mint

Add in the juice of half a lime and the lime zest. If you want to make drunken or spiked watermelon balls, add in your vodka, rum, or tequila. The longer you let the watermelon salad soak up the dressing, the better it will taste. You can soak the watermelon balls for up to a day ahead but I don’t recommend any longer as the watermelon texture will get too soft.

I recommend adding the mint simple syrup after tasting the watermelon and knowing how sweet it is. You don’t want the watermelon salad to be overly sweet as the fruit is sweet to begin with. Start with a tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached your preferred sweetness.

watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

Chill the watermelon balls in the fridge until ready to serve. This tastes best when served cold.

Serve the watermelon ball salad in a wine glass with a skewer for easy melon kabobs that’s great for entertaining. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and slice of lime for presentation.

watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

Suggested Substitutions:

  • other fruits:
    • cantaloupe
    • honeydew
    • strawberry
    • apples
    • pear
    • any fruit that doesn’t bruise too easily
  • other herbs:
    • basil
    • thyme
    • rosemary
  • other infused simple syrups:
    • citrus peel
    • cinnamon
    • vanilla
    • lavender
    • ginger
    • lemongrass

You can also add a splash of soda water to make this a watermelon mojito cocktail!

watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

Taste your watermelon ball salad before serving and adjust the flavors as needed. The watermelon may release some of its juices during the chilling/soaking process so you may need to add more mint simple syrup or vodka according to your tastes.

watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

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watermelon balls with lime and mint simple syrup in a clear glass cup

Watermelon Balls with Lime and Mint Syrup

Watermelon balls with lime & mint simple syrup is a refreshing summer treat! 4 ingredients with an option to add vodka or rum for spiked watermelon balls!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 159kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 - 5 cups of watermelon about one personal sized watermelon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • juice of half a lime

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 sprigs of mint about 1/8 cup

Optional

  • 1/8 cup vodka adjust amount to your liking; can substitute with rum or tequila

Instructions

Mint Simple Syrup

  • Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and heat until it comes to a simmer. Take it off the stove, add the mint, and cover with a lid. Allow the mint to steep until the syrup cools and then remove the mint.

Assemble

  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the watermelon into a large bowl. You can also cut into cubes to save time.
  • Add in the lime zest, lime juice, and optional liquor. Adjust amount of mint simple syrup to add depending on how sweet your watermelon is. Start with 2 Tablespoons and adjust to your liking.
  • Chill the watermelon balls in the fridge and serve cold. The longer you let it soak, the more infused your watermelon will be. Soak for up to a day.

Notes

  • You can soak watermelon balls for up to a day but any longer and the watermelon texture may get soft.
  • The watermelon may release some of their juices during the chilling/soaking process. Adjust with more mint simple syrup or vodka according to your tastes right before serving.
  • Store the mint simple syrup in the fridge for up to 5 days. Discard if cloudy or the color changes.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 12g
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12 comments

sheenam @ thetwincookingproject July 28, 2019 - 1:29 am

What a brilliant idea 😀

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Jamie
Jamie July 28, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Thank you Sheenam 😀

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Kristine July 22, 2019 - 3:30 pm

5 stars
These watermelon balls are delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for such a yummy and simple recipe, I’ll make these again!

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:09 pm

So glad you enjoyed it Kristine! Thank you!

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Noelle July 22, 2019 - 3:27 pm

5 stars
What a unique way to enjoy watermelon! Thank you for the delicious recipe

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Thank you Noelle! Hope you enjoy it!

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Denise July 22, 2019 - 2:01 pm

5 stars
A simple recipe that is oh so delicious! You can’t go wrong with fresh fruit !

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Agreed! I’m always in the mood for fresh fruit!

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Patty at Spoonabilities July 22, 2019 - 2:00 pm

5 stars
What a delicious, refreshing treat! Oh and yes yes yes, I love that boozy version 🙂

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:08 pm

Thanks Patty! It’s great with booze! 😀

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Alina | Cooking Journey Blog July 22, 2019 - 1:56 pm

5 stars
This is such a clever idea! It is like a healthy watermelon mojito salad. Perfect for summer party or lazy weekend!

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Jamie
Jamie July 25, 2019 - 10:08 pm

Thank you Alina! Yes I can say I’ve enjoyed this with friends and during a lazy weekend! 😀

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