You’ll “Love” the US Open’s Refreshing “Honey Deuce”

The Honey Deuce is a simple but refreshing craft cocktail that you can enjoy even if you aren’t attending the US Open.

It’s perfect for these last days of summer as you soak in September’s gentle sunshine and sparkling blue skies.

The official Honey Deuce recipe directs you to use a melon baller to make honeydew melon balls (to look like tennis balls), but I kept it easy and just speared some honeydew chunks as my garnish.

A sprig of rosemary or mint would also work well.

I like to keep the lemonade a bit on the tart side, but you can adjust the amount of sugar or simple syrup to suit your taste. You can find my recipe for simple syrup here, and a less-sweet lemonade here.


Honey Deuce

Prep Time20 mins
Freezing Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: cocktail, honey deuce
Servings: 2
Calories: 220kcal
Author: A. JoAnn


  • 6 oz. lemonade, fresh
  • 3 oz. vodka
  • 1 ½ oz. raspberry liquor
  • 6 honeydew chunks or balls, frozen if desired


  • 3 oz. fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 ½ oz. simple syrup (or 1 1/2 tbsp sugar)
  • 3 oz. water


Make the Lemonade

  • Squeeze the lemons and add simple syrup (or sugar) and water. Mix thoroughly.

Make the Honeydew Balls

  • Cut a fresh, ripe honeydew onto chunks or use a melon baller to make melon balls. Use fresh or freeze if desired.

Make the Cocktail

  • Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice, and put a few ice cubes in the cocktail shaker.
  • Measure and add vodka and raspberry liquor to the shaker.
  • Add lemonade.
  • Shake vigorously, then pour into cocktail glasses.
  • Add a skewer of fresh or frozen honeydew melon cubes to each glass.

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