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Cantaloupe Mint Gin and Tonic

Cantaloupe Mint Gin and Tonic

It's starting to get pretty hot here in the midwest. Muggy and humid. The time of year where we frequently employ our favorite adage, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity," when we share our sticky skin woes. It's also the perfect time for cold treats and beautiful summer cocktails. One of my favorite summer traditions is making colorful popsicles with fresh fruits and herbs from the garden. It's even more fun though to use those popsicles in cocktails. This playful twist on the gin and tonic uses a cantaloupe, mint, and lime popsicle as its centerpiece. The drink transforms as the ice melts, and instead of getting watered down, it gets infinitely more flavorful. It's great for a group and just as delicious sans the gin for nondrinkers or little ones to enjoy. -Mallory

Cantaloupe Mint Gin and Tonic
Serves 1
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce tonic, I used Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic
4 ounces sparkling water
1 large or 2 small cantaloupe mint ice cubes*

Combine gin, tonic, and sparkling water in your favorite rocks glass. Gently add in the cantaloupe mint ice cube(s) and give it a gentle stir. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

*Cantaloupe Mint Ice Cubes
Makes about 3 cups, or 12 large or 24 small ice cubes 
1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves, divided
1/2 cup sugar
2 limes, juiced
1 ripe cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

Begin by making a fresh mint simple syrup. Bring 1/2 cup of water, 1 cup of the mint leaves, and 1/2 cup of sugar to boil over medium-high heat. Once the boil begins to roll, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain out the mint leaves. 

Add lime juice, cantaloupe pieces, and mint syrup syrup to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Chop the remaining 1/2 cup mint leaves and add it in with the mixture. Pour into ice cube molds and freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight. 

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