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Here’s an alternative to yesterday’s easy “drunken fruit” dessert. This one takes advantage of luscious summer melons. You can do all of the prep work in advance and let the melon marinate in the wine; or, for a lighter touch, add the wine just prior to serving.
2 or 3 colors of melon balls (cantaloupe, honeydew
White dessert wine (see wine notes below)
Garnish: raspberry, mint leaf or both
1. Use a melon baller to scoop melon balls.
2. Fill wine goblets to 1″ of top with melon balls. Add wine.
3. Garnish and serve with forks.
Adults get melon balls in wine. Here’s a
version for kids and non-drinkers. Photo
White dessert wines include Ice Wine, Moscato d’Asti, Muscat and Sauternes. You can also use a sweet sparkling wine, such as a demi-sec, doux or sec Champagne.
It’s counter-intuitive, but “sec,” which means dry in French, refers to sweeter Champagnes. Brut designates a dry Champagne or cider. Sec Champagnes are sweeter than demi-sec. Here’s how the sugar levels compare:
Extra Brut, Brut Sauvage, Ultra Brut, Brut Integral and Brut Zero: These have trace amounts of sugar (0%-.5% sugar)
Brut: .7%-1.1% sugar
Extra Dry or Extra Sec: 1.2% to 2.0% sugar
Sec: 2.0% to 3.5% sugar
Demi-Sec: 3.5% to 5.0% sugar
Doux: 5% sugar and up
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