Summer Sippin'

Cool down with this Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail 

Written by Erin Meyering

 

Who doesn't love an ice-cold cocktail in the summer? We found a recipe that incorporates summer's fresh cantaloupe bounty, ginger, and vodka. Throw the concoction over ice and you're set for a community barbeque or a blissful night in. 

Procuring your ingredients locally helps reduce your carbon footprint AND allows you to get fresher fruit. The Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair is coming up Sept. 2 – 5 at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. That's a great place to stock up on local hearts of gold melon. 

Try the cocktail recipe below with Reno Rodeo Legacy Vodka from Seven Troughs Distilling Co

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 Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktail 

(Adapted by Seven Troughs Distilling Co. from Lexi's Clean Kitchen. Photo also from Lexi's Clean Kitchen. Serves 1)

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 teaspoon honey, more as desired
3 ounces cantaloupe purée
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon lime juice
Fresh mint leaves (optional)
Cantaloupe, balled, for garnish
Ice cubes

Directions
 
For the purée: Cut the cantaloupe into chunks and blend in a high-speed blender or food processor for 30 seconds until completely smooth. Depending on the size of your cantaloupe, this will yield about 16 ounces of purée.
 
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, add vodka and honey and stir well until honey is mostly dissolved. Add cantaloupe puree, ginger, lime juice, and mint, if adding. Muddle the mint with the back of a wooden spoon. Shake vigorously then strain and pour into a chilled glass.
 
Garnish with sprigs of mint and melon balls if desired.
 
Add more honey as desired. Make sure to really stir it in to get it to combine into the drink. Maple syrup will work well here, too.
For details on Seven Troughs Distilling Co. or to purchase alcohol (must be 21 years or older), visit http://www.7troughsdistilling.com/home/

 

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