Persian Cantaloupe Drink

  • Serves

    makes 6 cups

  • Cook

    5 minutes


Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin got the recipe for this refreshing melon drink from her Iranian-born father, who makes it by grating fresh cantaloupe and combining it with water, sugar, and fresh mint. You can add a little gin for a cooling summer cocktail.


  • 1 cantaloupe (about 3 lbs.)
  • 14 cup granulated sugar, plus more to taste
  • Fresh mint, for serving


Step 1

Peel cantaloupe, then halve and scoop out and discard seeds. Cut each half into 2 pieces and coarsely grate into a bowl. Mix with sugar and 3 1⁄2 cups water, the refrigerate at least 45 minutes. Serve with fresh mint over ice.

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