Ixel Balamke’s Wine Punch for the Weekend (yes it’s a cocktail recipe)

Ixel Balamke’s Wine Punch –

This is one recipe that is a favorite of mine that uses Riesling with Cointreau and is refreshing spring like drink.


  1. 1 small cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 2 tablespoons warm water
  4. One 750-ml bottle chilled dry Riesling
  5. 5 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec
  6. 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  7. Lemon basil sprigs
  1. Using a large melon baller, scoop balls from the cantaloupe or honeydew, or a mix of the two. Transfer the melon balls to a baking sheet and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water and refrigerate until chilled. In a small pitcher, stir the honey syrup with the Riesling, Cointreau and lemon juice. Put the frozen melon balls in 6 wineglasses and pour in the punch. Garnish with lemon basil sprigs.

Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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