Cantaloupe Cooler.
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It's summer (sort of...), might as well enjoy a drink or two!

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Since moving into my new apartment I have yet to sign up for internet. It's been somewhat of a struggle, no longer can I quickly turn on Netflix when I get home and watch a few episodes. No longer can I lazily browse Facebook and Twitter. No longer can I jump online and quickly type up a new post to publish. I've learned that things have to be a little more planned out, a little more organized and orderly. It's made for an interesting few weeks of blogging, but surprisingly I have been able to manage just fine. It's allowed me to get outside more often and not stay cooped up in my apartment.

This is supposed to be the season that makes living in Chicago worth it all. It is this season that make up for the long frigid winter days with snow and harsh winds. Instead, Mother Nature has decided to bless us with cooler temperatures and rain, lots of rain. So this past weekend, when the sun shown brightly and temperatures climbed into the 80s, every Chicagoan jumped for joy and took advantage of the opportunity at hand. Tanks tops and shorts. Flip-flops. Beaches and pool parties. Music and sunglasses. Beer and cocktails. The city went hard this past weekend.

Beers and shandy are always a clear option, especially on a hot summer afternoon. But do you ever tire of the same old thing? I do. The same breakfast or lunch day after day. The same music every second of the day. The same schedule day in and day out. I've found that I need to keep things fresh and new. I need and want to experience new things. So this weekend, rather than picking up a 6-pack of IPAs, I decided to try making a refreshing rum-based cocktail. A cantaloupe cooler to be exact. I tired blending the ingredients together but found that it watered down the drink too much. So instead, shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice.

The combination of the refreshing cantaloupe and the rum make for the ideal summer cocktail. To make things interesting, try playing around with the type of melon you use. Cheers!

Tommy.


Cantaloupe Cooler

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 ounces light rum
3 ounces cantaloupe juice
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 lime, juiced
1 cup crushed ice

Directions:

  1. To a metal shaker add rum, melon juice, agave nectar, and lime juice.
  2. Shake, then pour over crushed ice.