It’s National Watermelon Day!

No lie. August 3rd really is “National Watermelon Day.” We at GLR can’t even begin to find the history for this one, but speculates a summer holiday celebrating a summer fruit — possibly the summer fruit — was “originated by an agricultural organization, or perhaps a wild and crazy watermelon fan.” It takes all kinds. Alas, Macy’s doesn’t have a sale for it, Hallmark doesn’t have a card for it, and Congress hasn’t passed anything remotely close to official recognition of it. But wouldn’t you just love to get something 75% off on a National Watermelon Day sale? Just sayin’.



Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail

2 to 3 oz. fresh watermelon juice (for an easy shortcut, muddle watermelon in a cocktail tin and strain it into a glass)

Sparkling wine

Mint sprig, for garnish

Pour the watermelon juice into a flute. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with a mint sprig.



Combining tequila with summery fruits and veggies makes for one refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Margarita.

8 oz. tequila

4 oz. fresh watermelon juice

4 oz. cucumber juice (from about 1 cucumber peeled, diced and seeded)

1 tsp. salt

4-6 tsp. agave syrup

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Cointreau

Tools: pitcher, wooden spoon

Glass: 4 salt-rimmed highballs or Mason jars

Garnish: fresh cucumber wheels

Rim glasses with kosher salt. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Divide between the 4 ice-filled, salt-rimmed glasses and garnish.




Salty Watermelon Frosty

2 parts UV Salty Watermelon

1 part triple sec

1 splash of lime juice

Blend with ice and serve.