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Unique Ways to Celebrate National Watermelon Day

27 July 2018 — We are losing our rinds over how fast summer is flying by! We’re welcoming August by celebrating National Watermelon Day on Friday, August 3rd.

Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply store and bottle shop, is keeping it cool with a Watermelon Cucumber Cooler. Sample this mouthwatering cocktail at their bar only on August 3rd for $8. Can’t make the date? See below for the recipe:

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler:

1½ oz Powderhorn Vodka
1 oz. Lime Juice
2-3 Slices Cucumber
4 oz. Watermelon Juice
Muddle 2-3 slices of cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Add Powderhorn Vodka, watermelon juice and lime juice. Shake and strain into glass, and garnish with cucumber and watermelon slices.

Art in the Age | 116 N. 3rd St. | 215-922-2600 | artintheage.com

Bluebird Distilling is bringing the tropics to Philly with The Rosey-Faced Lovebird ($12), boasting Bluebird Dark Rum, Campari, pineapple juice, fresh jalapeño and watermelon. This thirst-quencher is available on August 3rd in Phoenixville! You can make this cocktail at home by following this recipe:

Rosey-Faced Lovebird:

1.5 oz. Bluebird Distilling Dark Rum
.75 oz. Campari
1 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Demerara Syrup
2 tbsp. Watermelon
3 Slices Fresh Jalapeño
Muddle juices, syrup, watermelon, and jalapeños thoroughly. Add rum, Campari, and ice; shake, and double-strain into pub glass. Add fresh ice, garnish, and serve.

Bluebird Distilling | 100 Bridge St. | 610-933-7827 | bluebirddistilling.com

Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey knows the best way to celebrate warm weather is with fun and unique southern-inspired cocktails. We’ve been crushing on this blended Summer Crush cocktail all season. Bust out the blender for this recipe:

Summer Crush:

2 oz.       Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
3-4 each    Pieces of Frozen Watermelon 
2 oz.       Lemonade Concentrate (thawed from juice freezer section)
3 each      Basil and Mint Leaves
½ cup       Ice
2 dashes    Hibiscus Bitters
Place bourbon, watermelon, lemonade concentrate, two each of the basil, mint leaves, and ice in blender; blend for 15 seconds or until very smooth texture is reached.  Pour into your favorite glassware and garnish with the remaining basil and mint leaves, slice of lemon, and the two dashes of bitters on top of the cocktail. Serve with a metal straw and enjoy in the shade.

Head to Headhouse Square’s The Twisted Tail for a Summer Punch Bowl, served with gin and fresh watermelon juice and topped with melon slices. Watermelon lovers can enjoy $10 off a small punch bowl (serves 4-6) and $20 off a large punch bowl (serves 10-12) from 5-7 on August 3rd and August 4th.

The Twisted Tail | 509 South 2nd St. | 215-558-2471 | thetwistedtail.com

Refresh with Red Owl Tavern’s juicy take on Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” song with the namesake cocktail. Lead Bartender Kyle Darrow combines kaffir lime infused rum, watermelon juice, lime, mint and angostura bitters. The Watermelon Man is only at Red Owl Tavern on August 3rd for $10.

Red Owl Tavern | 433 Chestnut St. | 215-923-2267 | redowltavern.com

Graduate Hospital’s Café Ynez, an all-day café serving authentic Mexico City fare, is offering a summertime favorite—Watermelon Gazpacho. Chef JC Piña creates this chilled soup with watermelon, heirloom tomato, red onion, garlic and tops it with jumbo crab meat, diced avocado and basil oil. Dive into this delicious gazpacho for $11.

Café Ynez | 2025 Washington Ave. | 215-278-7579 | cafeynez.com

Ocean Prime is offering the Watermelon Elyx, a limited-edition summery staple, from August 3rd-5th for $14. The Watermelon Elyx boasts Absolut Elyx, gin, basil, watermelon purée and garnished with three watermelon spheres. Enjoy this tasty tipple for only $10 during happy hour on Friday, August 3rd. 

Ocean Prime | 124 South 15th St. | 215-563-0163 | ocean-prime.com

MilkBoy is toasting to summer with 21st Amendment Brewery’s popular Hell or High Watermelon. This wheat beer boasts watermelon aroma and flavor from fresh melons. Enjoy Hell or High Watermelon at both Chestnut St. ($7) and South St. ($6).

MilkBoy | 1100 Chestnut St. | 215-925-6455 | milkboyphilly.com
MilkBoy South St. | 401 South St. | 215-925-6455 | milkboysouthstreet.com

Get the kids involved in National Watermelon Day! The Shops at Liberty Place, Philadelphia’s premier retail destination, offers a variety of fun fruit-themed accessories including a watermelon tote, flip flops and patches from J. Crew Crew Cuts. 
The Shops at Liberty Place | 1625 Chestnut St. | 215-851-9055 | shopsatliberty.com

Looking for other delicious fruit-flavored options? Check out Quaker City Shrubs, a brand-new line of sparkling tart and tangy canned alcoholic beverages made with apple cider vinegar. This sessionable beverage comes in at 4% ABV, only 3 grams of sugar and just 90 calories. Natural fruit flavors include grapefruit, blackberry and apple. Available at Whole Foods, Wegmans and Total Wine stores across the Philadelphia, Delaware and South New Jersey regions, as well as beer distributors and neighborhood bars.

Photo Credit: Quaker City Mercantile

–Isabella Abiuso