I`ve been waiting for the warmer temps to arrive for my review of St Aubin melon liqueur which I think is just perfect for those fruity refreshing and a bit lighter summer drinks.Â Melon is to me – summer…..itÂ´s such a refreshing fruit to eat in the heat.
St Aubin plantation located on southern Mauritius has been cultivating sugarcane since 1890 and takes itÂ´s name from one of it`s first owner Pierre de St Aubin.Â On the estate there`s both artisanal and a traditional rumsÂ made but they make more than rums….
They also have a tea plantation,Â Bois ChÃ©ri and a vanilla plantation and that`s the vanilla they use in their vanilla flavored rums.Â The water used in the rum making comes from their own spring water from Bois ChÃ©ri. It`s all local produce here which is something i like.
And now they also have a melon liqueur!
The liqueur smells like fresh cut up honeydew or cantaloupe melon…….and the taste is light and fruity andÂ not too sweet, I like that! it can even be drunk neat and still be refreshing. In cocktails it shines and i`m sure it would go very well in all kinds and types of cocktails.
Before i made drinks I decided to follow the advice on the bottle – serve on the rocks, and with a litttle ice and melon garnish it`s the quintessential summer refreshener! and here areÂ a couple of fresh and fruity summer cocktails, tropical style:
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
1.5 oz pineapple juice
0.5 oz vanilla syrup
0.5 oz St Aubin LiqueurÂ Melon
2 oz St AubinÂ 50% White Rum
Dash Boy Drinks World passion fruit bitters
Shake with ice cubes and strain into a goblet with cracked ice and garnish with mint and tropical flower. Top off with a dust of grated nutmeg.
This drink turned out very fruity and refreshing, perfect for hot summer days!
A cocktail for the setting of the sun…..
1 oz grapefruit juice (yellow)
1 oz pineapple juice
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz St Aubin Liqueur Melon
2 oz St Aubin White Reserve Rum
0.5 oz grenadine, preferably hibiscus grenadine, home/house made or BG Reynold`s.
Float of JWray overproof (optional)
Muddle 2-3 lime wedges with grenadine and 8-10 mint leaves in a shaker. Add the muddle mix into a tall glass and add crushed ice almost to the top. Shake the rest of ingredients, strain and pour into the glass. Give it a little stir and add more crushed ice to fill.
Top with a little Club Soda, and if you wish, add a float of JWray on top.
Garnish with mint and orchid.
The melon is not obvious but it`s there and this drink is very refreshing.
This drink has a French name, “Ti Melon” means simply “little melon” (petit melon) and is a fresh green fruity take on the Ti Punch with added melon liqueur, ice and more lime than you usually find in a Ti Punch, and the drink turned outÂ very tasty!
0.5 ozÂ St Aubin LiqueurÂ Melon
0.25-0.5 oz sugarcane syrup depending on your taste
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
StirÂ with ice and garnish with a sugarcane stick and lime peel