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Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink, 2 Ways

Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink

Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink

Our CSA is bringing us melons!  Lovely lovely melons!  As a reward for our hard work out on the farm, they’ve gifted us with extra melons.  I’ll take payment in the form of food any day, especially good organic produce like this.  While I know the boys can easily eat up all the melon, it’s still a lot of sugar.  Too much fruit can still be too much sugar.  Fermenting it like this will help reduce the amount of sugar significantly.  And it still tastes awesome!

Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink

Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink

I made mine in a Fido because I did want the carbonation to build to make it a fizzy drink.  I made sure to burp it occasionally just in case because my jar has a very tight lid.  There was A LOT of pressure in there. Yikes!  Be careful to only ferment it for 24-48 hrs, especially if this is meant for children since alcohol can form pretty quickly with the high sugar content.  Like most fruit ferments, this does not store long.  You’ll want to drink it within a couple weeks or it will go to alcohol.  But is that really such a bad thing?

Because my goal was a less sugary drink, this beverage is not a sugary drink.  What I mean is, don’t expect it to taste as sweet as a fresh cantaloupe because it won’t.  Lots of the sugar has been eaten away during fermentation which was my goal.  It still makes for a very refreshing drink.  It will continue to ferment slower in the fridge so if it is too sweet for you after 1-2 days, give it a few more days in the fridge.

For a sweeter drink with no salt, try the second option using water kefir.

Lactofermented Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink

  • 1 cantaloupe (about 5 cups of fruit), seeded, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 8 gms of salt
  • 1 large sprig of fresh mint
  • Juice and zest from one organic lemon
1. Puree cantaloupe until it is smooth.
2. Warm up a cup of water just hot enough to dissolve the salt.  Add remaining water and let cool to room temp (if it isn’t already).
3.  In a 3L Fido, combine cantaloupe puree, salt water, mint, lemon juice and zest.
4. Seal the lid and let set for about 24-48 hrs.  You can taste it after a day to determine if you want to let it ferment longer.
5. Strain out mint and lemon peels and enjoy.  Store in the refrigerator and drink with a few weeks.
Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Water Kefir orKombucha
  • 1 cantaloupe (about 5 cups of fruit), seeded, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 5 cups brewed water kefir or kombucha
  • 1 large sprig of fresh mint
  • Juice and zest from one organic lemon
  1. Puree cantaloupe until it is smooth.
  2. Combine cantaloupe puree with water kefir in a 3L Fido with mint, lemon juice and zest.
  3. Seal the lid and let set for 24 hours.  
  4. Strain out mint and lemon peels and enjoy.  Will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.

Lacto-Fermentation Class


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2 comments to Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink, 2 Ways

  • Heather

    Do you ever add Caldwell Starter to your fermented fruit beverages? Is it effective to use that starter with fruit?

  • David

    Very interesting recipie but I think you forgot to mention adding whey in the example of Lactofermented Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink. Otherwise how is it lactofermented.

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