Since today is National Watermelon Day--and because it's really, really hot outside!--I decided to indulge in my favorite childhood summertime treat. Growing up, my Cuban papi would chop up some fresh watermelon, and the whole family would spend a perfect afternoon just lying out in the sun and cooling down with this delicious fruit. 

Some of these Latin-inspired watermelon favorites are just what we need on a hot day (like the agua fresca in a watermelon keg and jalapeño-watermelon pops), some are the perfect after-work cocktail (like the watermelon mojito and spicy watermelon daiquiri) and one is simply a refreshing dessert (the tropical watermelon sorbet). Either way, celebrate today with these 5 delicious recipes in honor of National Watermelon Day!

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What is your favorite way to cool down with watermelon? Will you be having some today on National Watermelon Day? Share with us in the comments below! 

National Watermelon Day: Celebrate with these 5 refreshing treats

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Image via Prudent Baby

Watermelon Keg & Agua Fresca

Originally featured in our 5 Easy Latin foods for July 4th story, this one is so perfect I had to share it again today.

Ingredients: watermelon (Also: a spigot, apple corer)

Directions: 
1. To make the watermelon stand up, slice a small small small amount off the bottom. Leave as much of the white as you can, and cut so the watermelon will stand up straight. Slice a bigger chunk off the top. It doesn’t have to be this big, but a big opening makes it easier to have your kid help scoop out the flesh. 

2. Now scoop out the flesh. I removed it directly to the blender. Puree the watermelon. Run the blended watermelon through a strainer to get the seed bits and chunks out.

3. Use an apple corer to create a hole for your spigot. Screw that baby into place. To make watermelon agua fresca, mix the watermelon juice with the juice of half a lime (or more, to taste). Taste; if it needs more sweetness, add a tablespoon of sugar or simple syrup at a time. Pour it into your watermelon. If no children are present, add vodka. Done!

Recipe courtesy of Prudent Baby.

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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