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Cantaloupe with Red Wine Syrup

(recipe, Lauren Chattman)

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  1. 1 cup dry red wine
  2. 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  3. 2 ripe cantaloupes
  4. 4 large fresh basil leaves


  1. Put 4 dessert bowls in the freezer to chill.
  2. Combine the wine and sugar in a small, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook at a lively simmer until the wine is reduced to about ¼ cup, about 10 minutes. Set the saucepan in a bowl of ice water to cool, about 15 minutes.
  3. While the syrup is cooling, cut the cantaloupes in half and remove the seeds. Use a melon baller to scoop the melon flesh from the rind.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, divide the melon balls among the 4 chilled dessert bowls. Drizzle the cooled syrup over the melon, garnish with a basil leaf, and serve immediately.