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Melon Raspberry Soda Float

This super-refreshing melon raspberry soda float takes advantage of the gorgeous melons that are at their peak right now. It’s a simple easy recipe. Start with a ripe cantaloupe, scoop out a dozen or so little balls, and drop them in glasses along with scoops of bright raspberry sorbet. Top off with fizzy water and a couple of fresh raspberries. Mouthwatering, right?

Melon Raspberry Soda Float | Letty's Kitchen

Farmer’s markets and gardens are brimming with melons this time of year, so it’s easy to find flavorful sweet cantaloupes. Look for those with a fragrant melony smell, a bit of give on the vine end, a warmer yellow green hue, and heft that speaks juicy and yummy.

Melon Raspberry Soda Float | Letty's Kitchen

Cantaloupes are good for us–they contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, plus they’re a good source of vitamins A and C. Raspberry sorbet—well, it’s better for you than ice cream that’s for sure. This bubbly soda float made with fruit and sorbet is a healthy indulgence.

Make cantaloupe “juice” with the remaining melon flesh, the scraps left after cutting out the rounds: just puree in the blender with water and lime zest. The juice goes in the glass too, for plenty of cantaloupe flavor.

melon balls for Melon Raspberry Soda Float | Letty's Kitchen

Choose any sparkling water you like for the bubbly soda finish. I go for the ones with natural fruit essence. (La Croix has a new fancier line in taller cans–the melon and grapefruit essence flavor is nice with the melon and raspberry flavors happening in this float.)

Serve melon raspberry floats to the kids for a thirst-quenching after-school treat. This float is a fun low-calorie dessert idea too—not what people might expect.

Grab the last of the warm weather and take advantage of the late summer melon harvest–Eat Seasonal!

***The tool for making round balls is a melon baller. Melon ballers come with dual shaping ends—2 different sizes. They’re also handy for scooping the seeds from cucumbers, hollowing out cherry tomatoes, scraping butter into cool-looking curls, and, in a pinch, as a cookie scoop.

#Eat Seasonal:

  • Becky of The Vintage Mixer blog virtually gathers a group of recipe-writing bloggers every month, and we create recipes featuring a fruit or veggie from her seasonal produce guide. With melons and raspberres on September’s list, this melon and raspberry soda float is a natural.

September Eat Seasonal print for Melon Raspberry Soda Float | Letty's Kitchen

  • Be sure to check out The Vintage Mixer’s first post this month, a guide to seasonal recipe ideas for veggies and fruits. And, for more ideas, follow the blog links below to see what everybody else created this month. I hope these recipes inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook something and seasonal—and delicious!

Coconut Curry Cauliflower Rice Bowls by Kitchen Confidante

Pear and Blackberry Almond Cake by Floating Kitchen

Homemade Pumpkin Pasta by Bless this Mess

Ratatouille Lasagna by Flavor the Moments

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Carrots and Radishes by Vintage Mixer

Harvest Tortilla Soup by Simple Bites

Peach Muffins with Pecan Streusel by Cafe Johnsonia

Pear and Fig Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey by Food for My Family

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Melon Raspberry Soda Float
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
This refreshing soda float makes a fun after-school treat. Surprise guests with a low-calorie dessert in a glass--they won't be expecting melon and raspberry sorbet with bubbly water!
Ingredients
  • 1 cantaloupe or other ripe orange-fleshed melon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 4 small scoops raspberry sorbet
  • About 1 cup sparkling water (I used La Croix Melon Pomelo)
  • Fresh raspberries , as desired
Instructions
  1. Cut the melon in half and scrape out the seeds. Scoop 16 or so (1 ½-inch) balls from the melon. (They don't have to be perfectly round.)
  2. Measure 1 cup of melon scraps from of the remaining melon (left after scooping the balls), and puree in a blender with the water and lime zest.
  3. Put 3 or 4 melon balls in each of 2 tall glasses. Add one scoop of sorbet. Divide remaining melon balls between the 2 glasses. Top with a second scoop of sorbet. Pour in the blended cantaloupe juice. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Serve immediately with straws and spoons.
Recipe Notes
Adapted from a watermelon soda float recipe on the watermelon board’s website.

15 comments

  • These are so pretty and fun! I just love September produce – it’s such a great mix of Summer and Fall fruits and veggies. This floats are the perfect way to transition between the two seasons. And I probably only use my melon baller about 3X a year, so this is a great excuse to dig it out of the drawer! 🙂 Reply · 12 September, 2016

  • What a pretty drink! The melon balls are so much fun. I’m kind of a sucker for any kind of float or fizzy drink. I think I need to make this and maybe add a splash of Midori to it. 😉 That La Croix is so, so good. Reply · 12 September, 2016

    • Lindsey! I was thinking of a good booze to make these more adult–I think you hit it on the button. I want to test it out right away–while the melons rock! Reply · 13 September, 2016

  • So fresh and lovely! I adore floats and this sounds so special. I can’t wait to try it. Reply · 12 September, 2016

  • The melons are so sweet and juicy right now, and I love that you used in them in a float, Letty! These are so fun and just gorgeous! Reply · 12 September, 2016

    • Thank you Aimee and Marcie! Reply · 13 September, 2016

  • So refreshing! My kids adore cantaloupe, so I need to make this before summer is gone! Reply · 12 September, 2016

    • Thanks Lirin! I found some incredible orange flesh melons at Trader Joes’ this week and served these for dessert at a family dinner this weekend–everyone loved them. Reply · 13 September, 2016

  • So I tried La Croix for the first time after hearing how much everyone loves it and it was SO WEIRD! I don’t drink a lot of sugary drinks but it just needed something. I’m pretty sure this would be what it would be best in! Reply · 13 September, 2016

    • Hi Melissa,
      Just checking–you know that La Croix has no sugar, right? Just natural fruit essence. I don’t drink sugary drinks either. I love that La Croix has no calories, nor sugar. What flavor did you try? My husband love the lime essence one. Reply · 13 September, 2016

  • I wish we could not just virtually join together but come together in person!! I want this float!! Reply · 13 September, 2016

    • I should work on the in-person idea. An eat seasonal bloggers tiny conference. Hmmm. Reply · 18 September, 2016

  • This is the best soda fountain on the web! GREG Reply · 16 September, 2016

    • When we meet one day I am making you a fruit-enhanced soda float. You can decide on what to spike it with… Reply · 18 September, 2016

  • This float looks refreshing. Love the melon and raspberry! Reply · 18 September, 2016

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