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'The Bachelorette' returns tonight, as does self-medicating Mojito Monday

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Image Credit: Bob D’Amico/ABCThe new season of The Bachelorette starring 25-year-old Ali Fedotowsky premieres tonight (ABC, 9 p.m. ET), which means I’ll be stopping after work for one to three mojitos. It was a tradition begun during Jake Pavelka’s “journey.” I’m not saying it’s healthy, I’m just saying that I can’t not watch a Bachelor or Bachelorette — and that I can no longer watch them entirely sober. A season premiere is especially difficult, what with everyone trying to make a memorable first impression. I just watched a few teaser clips on Hulu, and we’ve got a guy on crutches who explains that he injured himself because he does professional wrestling and a man who explains that he got his nickname, Shooter, freshman year in college because he may have “accidentally” prematurely ejaculated. I wish I’d known that reveal was coming because I have a bottle of Top Chef Quickfire Chardonnay sitting on my desk, and I would have opened it.

P.S. I can’t wait to see Kyle, a self-proclaimed mountain man from Colorado who boasts that he’s killed everything from a bear to a dove (a dove?!), meet Ali. You know he brings her some kind of clothing or jewelry made from one of his kills.

Anyone else have a Bachelor/Bachelorette ritual? Does it involve alcohol?

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