Two great summer cocktails in the South End

The Boston Globe has selected 10 of the best summertime cocktails from 10 restaurants in the Boston area.  Two of the cocktails chosen were from two spots right here in the South End, the first being the “Cantaloupe Mojito” from Pops Restaurant.

(Wendy Maeda)

Cantaloupe Mojito

In the mix:
- 1 ripe whole cantaloupe infused in a bottle of Bacardi rum over night
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- ½ a lime
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Soda water
Muddle mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill rocks glass with ice and pour infused rum over ice. Shake and top with soda water, then garnish with a cantaloupe slice.

“The flavor of juicy cantaloupe with the freshness of mint and underlying fragrant citrus of lime, for me, is a perfect hot summer thirst quencher,” says chef/owner Felino Samson.

Pops Restaurant, located at 560 Tremont St, specializes in creative American cuisine made with organic ingredients.

The second cocktail highlighted was “The Coney Island Strong Man” from Coppa Enoteca.

(Essdras M Suarez)

The Coney Island Strong Man

In the mix:
- 1 ounce yellow chartreuse
- 1 ounce green chartreuse
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- 1 Miller High Life pony
Served on the rocks in a tall novelty mug.

“It’s something that people haven’t seen before,” says general manager Courtney Bissonnette. “We saw a little bit of a surge with Micheladas, another version of it. A lot of people squeeze lime or lemon into their beer anyway. This does all of that for you, but we mixed a little extra booze in there to get the job done.”

Coppa Enoteca serves scrumptious Italian food prepared with local and seasonal ingredients.  It’s a great feeling to know that I can get such inspired cocktails right here in the South End. I’m off to get a drink!

Check out the other cocktails selected: Seasons Sippings: Summer 2010 from the Boston Globe

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