Cantaloupe Mocktini / Martini
1 small cantaloupe or 1/2 of a medium to large one
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup or 7-10 drops of liquid stevia (sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener, you may need very little depending on how sweet your cantaloupe is)
Approximately 1 cup sparkling water
Optional: To make this a “spirited” martini, add in 4 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of grand mariner (or triple sec)
Scoop the seeds out and cut the flesh of the cantaloupe into small cubes. Add to the food processor or high speed blender with the lime juice and sweetener of your choice (if necessary). Puree until smooth.
Pour through a strainer to remove the pulp then fill a cocktail shaker halfway with the cantaloupe juice (you may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your shaker). Add a few ice cubes and shake – this is when you would add your liquor, if you are so inclined.
Pour into chilled martini glasses, filling about 2/3 of the way full with the cantaloupe mixture and then top with sparkling water. Give it a swirl and serve with a lime garnish.