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Celebrate National Watermelon Day, August 3, With These Fruity Libations

By Antonia DePace | July 27, 2020 | Food & Drink National

Whether enjoyed by the slice or in a glass, there’s one thing we can all agree on—watermelons are incredibly refreshing. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to enjoy the big pink fruit.


Group Therapy at Committee Boston

It’s no secret that restaurants at the Seaport are a true summer favorite, thanks to cool breezes and breathtaking sunsets, but Owner George Aboujaoude’s Mediterranean small-plate hot spot is taking the cake with a large format cocktail. Featuring vodka, watermelon, sumac, lemon, Mûroise du Val de Loire and a bottle of bubbly, the $130 libation is surrounded by thinly sliced watermelon and topped with mint and dried floral garnish.


Pharaoh’s 5 O’Clock at Bully Boy Distillers

The indoor tasting room might be closed, but that’s not stopping Boston’s first craft distillery. Order the Pharaoh’s 5 O’Clock cocktail, made with orange liqueur, mint, lime juice and vodka complemented by an ounce of macerated and cubed watermelon. The refreshingly sweet and tart bevvy is best enjoyed in the distillery’s outdoor cocktail garden.


Watermelon Margarita at Woods Hill Pier 4

No one seems to know who created the first margarita—it’s a thin line between Dallas socialite Margarita Sames and Tijuana restaurant owner Carlos “Danny” Herrera—but what is certain is that the tequila-based cocktail is a summertime must. And at sustainable Seaport restaurant, chef-owner Charlie Foster offers a whole new twist. Think tequila, triple sec, agave, lime and watermelon juice poured over ice and finished off with a sugar rim.


Spicy Mezcal & Watermelon at The Lodge at Spruce Peak

For a bit of R&R, head to The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Vermont, where a spicy concoction of watermelon puree, mezcal, lemon and simple syrup await. Poured over ice, the cherry on top comes in the form of chili pepper salt that generously coats the rim of the glass and accompanies every sip with a bit of spice.


Watermelon Sangria Infused with Lime and Mint at The Nantucket Hotel + Resort

There's nothing more "Nantucket" than this iconic hotel and resort thanks to color-popped rooms, antique firetruck rides and more. Built in 1891, it's the last of the Grand Old hotels on Nantucket Island. Inbetween shopping Downtown and relaxing poolside, be sure to order the watermelon sangria. Made with Merlot, fruit punch, watermelon juice, vodka, soda water, mint simple syrup and lime, it's sure to quench your thirst.

Photography by: From top, photo: courtesy of Committee Boston; courtesy of Bully Boy Distillers; courtesy of Woods Hill Pier 4; by Anderson James, Spruce Peak; courtesy of The Nantucket Hotel + Resort