4 Drinks To Celebrate National Watermelon Day The Right Way

If you haven't been preparing for National Watermelon Day on August 3, then perhaps you've been doing a bit too much royal-baby stalking. Forget the Brits! This U.S. of A. holiday needs to be celebrated in full force, and there's no better way to do that than by mixing up a tastebud-swooning cocktail (or four).
Some of our favorite NYC bars have given us the how-to on proper watermelon libations, each with an unexpected twist of their own — we're talking everything from chiles to brews. And, with drinks like these, there's zero chance that this melon-merriment will be a bust. Get those shakers ready, because your Saturday plans have just been settled.
Photo: Courtesy of Havana Central.
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Photo: Courtesy of Whiskey Park.
WHISKEY PARK: Watermelon Sizzle ($15)
Ever taken a trip to Morningside Heights on a scorching day? One of our fondest memories is stopping by the fruit cart and ordering watermelon with extra chile powder and salt. Enjoy this take on summertime raspados with chile-infused watermelon juice, Casamigos Tequila, a tequila-soaked watermelon wedge and a pink Himalayan salted rim.
1 1/2 oz Casamigos Tequila
1/2 oz agave nectar
1 oz chile-infused watermelon juice
Serve with a pink Himalayan salt rim and garnished with a tequila soaked watermelon wedge.

Whiskey Park: 100 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019
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Photo: Courtesy of Fatty 'Cue.
FATTY ‘CUE: Chupacabra ($13)
The Chupacabra – a scary, Big Foot-like creature in Spanish folklore – is said to drink the blood of livestock. In this case, Fatty ‘Cue is offering a more refreshing option!
.25oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
3/4 oz long chile-infused Domaine de Canton Liqueur
1 oz fresh watermelon juice
1 oz Lunazul Blanco Tequila
Combine ingredients in a shaker. Fill with ice, shake vigorously for eight to 10 seconds. Double strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Fatty ‘Cue Williamsburg: 50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
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Photo: Courtesy of Havana Central.
HAVANA CENTRAL: Watermelon Cooler ($6)
With temperatures in August projected to reach records highs, you can keep your cool at Havana Central. Feeling a bit more parched? Add rum, vodka, tequila, or gin for just $2 more.
3 cubes of fresh watermelon (4 to 5 oz.)
3 lemon wheels
3 mint leaves
Splash of agave nectar
Watermelon rind
In a pint glass, muddle lemon wheels. Blend watermelon cubes with some water to create a thick puree. Add the watermelon puree to the pint glass, a splash of agave, ice, and water. Shake well. Garnish with the rind of the watermelon.

Havana Central Times Square: 151 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036
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Photo: Courtesy of THE LCL.
THE LCL: BAR & KITCHEN: The Natural ($15)
Go au natural with this refreshing beer cocktail, which includes all-natural ingredients sourced directly from The LCL’s sustainable rooftop garden.
2 oz fresh pressed watermelon juice
1 1/4 oz Tequila Blanco
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 oz Allagash White
Shake all ingredients together except the Allagash, pour into chilled brandy snifter, add Allagash, and garnish with a mint leaf.

THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen: 212 E. 42nd St, New York, NY 10017