Wet Your Whistle With Watermelon This Weekend

This Saturday we're celebrating Summer's most luscious fruit, it's National Watermelon Day. Here's our picks for the most mouth-watering watermelon cocktails around the city, including some recipes so you can bring the bar to your backyard:

Go au natural with The Natural at The LCL: Bar & Kitchen. This refreshing beer cocktail includes all-natural ingredients sourced directly from THE LCL’s sustainable rooftop garden.

Recipe:
2oz fresh pressed watermelon juice
1.25oz Tequila Blanco
.5oz fresh lime juice
.5oz simple syrup
2oz Alagash White
Shake all ingredients together except the Hefeweizen, pour into chilled brandy snifter, add Hefeweizen and garnish with a mint leaf.

One of our fondest summer memories is stopping by fruit carts and ordering watermelon with extra chile powder and salt. Try Whiskey Park's take on summertime raspados with The Watermelon Sizzle.

Recipe:
1.5oz Casamigos Tequila
.5oz agave nectar
1oz chile-infused watermelon juice
Served with a pink Himalayan salt rim and garnished with a tequila soaked watermelon wedge.

By definition, The Chupacabra is a scary, Big Foot-like creature in Spanish folklore and is said to drink the blood of livestock. But according to Fatty 'Cue, The Chupacabra is a complex, refreshing cocktail adding a little extra heat to the summer heat.

Recipe:
25oz pineapple syrup
.5oz lime juice
.75oz long chile-infused Domaine de Canton Liqueur
1oz fresh watermelon juice
1oz Lunazul Blanco Tequila
Combine ingredients in a shaker. Fill with ice, shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

If you're itching for a night out, No. 8 is known for their Watermelon Martini, though it claims to be simply made with Belvedere and watermelon, it's so delicious we're certain there's a secret ingredient. That or they secretly have a field on premise producing the freshest watermelon.

Watermelon pairs nicely with wines as well, and that's just what Northern Spy Food Co. has done. They add watermelon to the Salvadoran Fence which uses a jalapeño-infused wine based aperitif Lillet Blanc. Read on for the rest of the ingredients.

The touch of heat the cracked pepper adds to the Dudley's Cup at Dudley's complements the sweetness of the watermelon, gin, and lime. Removing this small, appreciated ingredient would change the cocktail completely. Head to Dudley's, drink up, and support local suppliers as Dudley's does.

Happy Watermelon-filled weekend!