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Kel’s Cucumber Melon Mojito

Kel's cucumber melon mojito

I was taking stock of my container herb garden a few weeks ago to see what I needed to replant, and was happy that my mint was coming back quite nicely. That’s a good thing, because my main use for it is in mojitos, one of my favorite summertime drinks. Now I just needed to decide what new flavor of mojito I was going to make — last year it was pineapple (see my post Mojito Mojo for the recipe) and the year before it was blood orange, both of which are excellent.

fresh mint

I decided to go with a melon mojito since I have almost a full bottle of Midori liqueur. Then I thought I’d add some cucumber as well — I love the taste of melon and cucumber together. The result?  A cool, refreshing and pretty green cocktail that is not too sweet. Kermit would love it!

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Brandy Alexanders, Two Ways

Skinny Brandy Alexanders

I had just started working part time at The Pub the first time I heard of Brandy Alexanders. This was back in the mid 1980s, when I was going to Library School at UNC-Ch. Being a student, my tastes and definitely my budget leaned toward beer, so I wasn’t really familiar with “fancy” drinks, especially anything containing brandy. That was too grown up for me!

The first person who ordered a Brandy Alexander from me was, of all people, my Mom. I think I’ve seen her drink maybe five times (and that’s stretching it) in 50+ years, so needless to say I was genuinely surprised. I recently asked her if she remembered ordering it and she said, “Oh, yes – it was fantastic!” She said she had wanted to try one for several years and since everyone she was with was with was drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage, she finally decided to take the plunge. When I told JD, our bartender, that my mom normally did not drink, he decided to go next store to the Fast Fare and buy some vanilla ice cream to make the Brandy Alexander extra special. And obviously it was since Mom still remembers how good it was some 25 years later!

Ice cream Brandy Alexander

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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Drink of the Month, December 2012: Belvedere Bleus*

Belvedere Blues

The first time I had a Belvedere Bleu was at Margaux’s Restaurant in Raleigh, and I’m going to give the folks there credit for coming up with the name for this great martini. All that’s in it is Belvedere vodka, a minute amount of vermouth and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

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