Honeydew and Cantaloupe in Vanilla Lime Syrup

4 cups honeydew melon balls; 3/4 to 1 inch
4 cups cantaloupe melon balls; 3/4 to 1 inch

  === SYRUP ===
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup water
2  limes; zested in strips
1  vanilla bean; split

  === GARNISH ===
  Whipped cream
  Freshly-grated lime zest

In a small saucepan simmer syrup ingredients, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.  Remove pan from heat, add split vanilla bean, and cool syrup completely.

Discard zest and vanilla bean.  Syrup may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Just before serving, in a medium bowl combine melon balls with syrup and divide mixture among 6 martini glasses.  Top each serving with a generous dollop of cream and garnish with grated zest.

Source:  Sara Moulton

6 servings


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