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1 cantaloupe, large dice
Mint sprigs, for muddling
Vodka

1. Using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor, puree the cantaloupe until smooth. The cantaloupe juice is more gritty than the watermelon juice, so you may want to strain it (I didn’t).
2. Add ice to a tall glass or jelly jar.
3. Pour vodka over the ice and add mint sprigs. Muddle the mint with the handle of a wooden spoon until bruised.
4. Top off with cantaloupe juice, stir, and sip away.

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A cleanse from the work week, more specifically. And hey–in the realm of cocktails, this one actually has some health benefits. There’s potassium, lycopene, vitamins A and C, and a bit of fiber. So there.

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1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
2 limes
vodka

1. Using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor, puree the watermelon until smooth. Feel free to strain, but it is lovely just how it is.
2. Add ice to a tall glass or jelly jar.
3. Pour vodka over the ice and squeeze lime juice into the glass.
4. Top off with watermelon juice, stir, and sip away.

I’ve eaten at Hampton Chutney Co. a few times, but what really keeps me coming back is their cardamom coffee. Sure, it’s a bit expensive, but the blend of coffee, milk, sugar and spice is worth the price tag. It’s a small price to pay to help you navigate the nightmare of dodging tourists along Broadway in SoHo.