The Scarecrow

scarecrow-mocktail-crdt stu mullenbergKelley Swenson says his inspiration for this alcohol-free drink’s name came from using dried chamomile flowers (from chamomile tea) as a garnish, which reminded him of sun-dried hay.

5 1-inch cubes cantaloupe
3/4 oz. chamomile tea, cooled
1/2 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: chamomile flowers (dried or fresh) or small melon ball

Fill a shaker with melon and ice. Muddle through the ice, breaking up the melon into  bits. Add the tea, syrup and lemon. Shake vigorously. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Kelley Swenson, Portland, Oregon