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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Watermelon Mojito

Ingredients: 8 large sprigs of fresh mint, 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon (3/4-inch cubes are perfect here), 1/2 cup simple syrup, Ice cubes (you'll need about  2 quarts), 2 cups white rum (I like D'Aristi rum from Yucatan), 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, Sparkling water or club soda 

Directions: Set out eight tall 12-ounce glasses. Put the leaves stripped off a single sprig of mint into each glass--you'll need about 10 leaves for each drink--and top with 1/2  cup watermelon cubes. Divide the Simple Syrup among the glasses (1 tablespoon - 1/2 fl. oz. per glass). Use a muddler (or the handle of a wooden spoon or a long-handled iced tea spoon, though neither is anywhere near as effective) to crush the mint and watermelon, releasing their flavor into the syrup--the more muddling, the fuller the flavors. Fill each glass with ice. Measure in the rum (1/4 cup - 2 fl. oz. per glass) and the lime juice (1 tablespoon - 1/2 fl. oz. per glass). Use a long-handled iced tea spoon to mix everything together. Top off each glass with a little sparkling water or soda and you're ready to serve.

Recipe courtesy of Fine Cooking

About the author

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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