Melon Bomb Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Melon Bomb is a vibrant shot that packs a punch with its sweet melon flavor, complemented by a citrus twist. It's a hit at summer parties and tropical-themed events.

  • Origins: The shot is believed to have originated in the late 90s, during the rise of fruity liqueurs.
  • Popularity: It gained popularity for its simplicity and refreshing taste.
  • Audience: It's particularly favored by those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails.

How Melon Bomb Tastes?

The Melon Bomb is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors. The Midori brings a candy-like melon sweetness, while the orange juice adds a zesty freshness. The rum base gives it a warm, smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Melon Bomb

  • Midori is a bright green liqueur made from muskmelons.
  • The shot's color is a vibrant green, making it visually appealing.
  • 'Melon Bomb' can also refer to a variety of drinks, but this particular recipe is known for its shot form.



Rum brings a warm, tropical vibe to the shot, typically with notes of vanilla and spice that play nicely with sweet flavors. Using just ¾ oz keeps the alcohol balanced without overwhelming the drink. If you nix the rum, you'll miss out on the depth and boozy backbone it provides.

Emma Rose

Midori Melon Liqueur

Midori adds that punchy melon taste and a vibrant green color that screams fun! A ½ oz gives us just enough melon magic without turning the drink into a sugary mess. Skipping Midori would leave you with a rather dull and not-so-melon-y bomb.

Mary Mitkina

Fresh Orange Juice

The OJ is our citrusy spark in this flavor fiesta! It brightens the drink and adds a natural sweetness. Without it, the shot would be flat and less refreshing. Be careful not to add too much, or you'll drown the other flavors in acidic overtones.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Melon Bomb Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Add ¾ oz of Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Gran Reserva.
  3. Pour in ½ oz of Midori melon liqueur.
  4. Add ½ oz of fresh orange juice.
  5. Shake well until chilled.
  6. Strain into a shot glass and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the shot glass before serving to keep the shot cool.
  • Use fresh orange juice for a brighter, more authentic flavor.
  • Shake vigorously to create a frothy top when poured.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi: The clean taste of sushi complements the sweet and fruity flavors of the Melon Bomb Shot.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness of shrimp can play nicely with the melon and citrus tones.
  • Chicken Satay: The shot's sweetness cuts through the savory flavors in the peanut sauce.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between shots.
  • Iced Green Tea: The herbaceous notes will provide a nice contrast to the sweetness while refreshing the palate.

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What you could change in Melon Bomb

  • Rum: Any aged rum can be used if Santa Teresa is not available.
  • Midori: If you can't find Midori, any melon-flavored liqueur can be a substitute, though the color may vary.
  • Orange Juice: Fresh is best, but store-bought orange juice can work in a pinch.

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Cucumber Melon Chill

  • Add ¼ oz of cucumber syrup.
  • Replace rum with clear cucumber vodka.
  • Garnish with a thin cucumber slice.

The cucumber adds a fresh spa-like quality and slightly dilutes the sweetness, making for a crisper, more refreshing shot.

Spicy Melon Bomb

  • Rim the shot glass with a mixture of salt and chili powder.
  • Add a small slice of jalapeño pepper into the shaker.

The added spice gives a fiery kick that contrasts the melon's sweetness. It's for those who like a little heat with their sweet.

Berry Melon Mix-up

  • Add ¼ oz of raspberry liqueur.
  • Use blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice.

Introducing raspberry and the tartness of blood orange creates a berry twist to the Melon Bomb, adding complexity and a deeper flavor profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Melon Bomb

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Melon Bomb

What type of glass is recommended for serving the Melon Bomb?

The Melon Bomb is best served in a shot glass, as it is traditionally a shot-style cocktail.

How can I tell if my orange juice is fresh enough for the cocktail?

Fresh orange juice should have a bright, vibrant color, and a sweet, tangy aroma without any signs of fermentation or sourness.

What is the best way to crush ice for making a Melon Bomb?

The best way to crush ice is to use a blender or a mallet and a Lewis bag, which is a canvas bag specifically made for crushing ice.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Melon Bomb?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by substituting the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic alternatives, such as rum-flavored syrup for the rum and a melon-flavored syrup for the Midori.

What are the best occasions to serve the Melon Bomb?

The Melon Bomb is perfect for summer parties, tropical-themed events, or any occasion where a fun and fruity drink is desired.

Is there a preferred type of rum for the Melon Bomb?

While the recipe mentions Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Gran Reserva, any aged rum that complements sweet, fruity flavors is suitable for a Melon Bomb.

Why do some cocktails require shaking over stirring?

Shaking is used to mix ingredients quickly and to chill and dilute the drink, as it incorporates more air, creating a frothy texture, which is desired in cocktails like the Melon Bomb.

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