Dolh Chompupong's Counterfeit Cantaloupe

Dolh Chompupong's Counterfeit Cantaloupe
Zach Fowle

​Yesterday we met Dolh Chompupong, bar manager at bank-turned-nightclub The Mint. Today he shares with us the recipe for his Counterfeit Cantaloupe.

Why counterfeit? There's no actual cantaloupe in the drink, which is incredible given that the martini tastes like Sunday brunch. The drink is usually garnished with a slice of cantaloupe, but with the listeria outbreak and subsequent recall of most cantaloupe on the market, Chompupong says for now he'll wait until it's "back in season."

At just 174 calories, the cocktail is part of The Mint's new Skinny Menu. It's perfectly balanced, with just a hint of tartness and not a drop of booziness.

"The Veev acai does a great job of smoothing things out," Chompupong says. "And acai is a super fruit -- very healthy for you. Probably not in liquor form, but we'll go with it anyway."

The ingredients:
1 oz. Veev acai liqueur 
1 ¼ oz. Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur
1 ¼ oz. orange juice
¼ oz. lime juice

How to make it: 
Start with a martini glass filled with ice and water to chill. Set aside. Add all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake four or five times to mix. Empty the martini glass. Strain the contents of the shaker into the martini glass. Garnish with a cantaloupe -- when it won't kill you. 

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