Chemberly Pecze, cookbook team captain of the Junior League of Raleigh, suggests that recipe testing is as much about courtesy as quality control. When the League published its latest cookbook, You’re Invited Back: A Second Helping of Raleigh’s Favorite Recipes, the cookbook team prepared and tasted every recipe submitted before deciding which ones to print.

Raleighwood Melon-tini

  • 2 cups watermelon puree
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Mint leaves, for garnish

Combine watermelon puree, lemon juice, vodka, water, and sugar in a pitcher and mix well to dissolve the sugar. Serve over ice in glasses. Garnish with mint leaves. Yields 6 servings.

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.