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Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Meloncholy Baby

by Jeanne Mcgovern

Melon juice

In the spirit of Election Day — and to celebrate the end to non-stop politicking, television commercials and phone solicitors — I spent the last week or so doing some "research" on what cocktails are best-suited for the season. And there are many: From El Presidente to The Liberal, and from The Victory to The Suffering Bastard, there is seriously a beverage for everybody. And while my political leanings led me to The Liberal and my sense of humor had to try The Suffering Bastard, my tastebuds told me a Meloncholy Baby was just right. Mellow and sweet, it was the perfect antidote to the overblown, and at times downright nasty, campaign trail.

Make it

1 1/2 ounces Absolut Citron (or another citrus vodka)

3/4 ounce lemon juice

2 ounces simple syrup

1/2 chopped melon

3 ounces water

This can be made two ways: Blend all ingredients — I used honeydew melon, but I’m sure any type of melon would work fine — with crushed ice and serve in a tall glass. Or, skip the blending and just muddle it all well, shake, and strain.

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