By Aryay Jakov / Photos by Kristina Moto
August 3 is National Watermelon Day (as if you didn't know).
Celebrate this auspicious holiday like a frat guy by pouring a bottle of cheap vodka into half a watermelon, then take the cold mess to the beach to turn yourself into a hot mess.
Or, in case open container laws prohibit 80-proof fruit, try something cooler - the Watermelon Cooler at Prospect Bar & Grill in downtown La Jolla.
This most refreshing cocktail is made with watermelon juice, fresh cucumber (watermelon's cousin), Pearl Cucumber vodka and a splash of soda.
"It's a pretty damn refreshing drink," says general manager Gavin Linde.
Watermelon Coolers are 10 bucks each. The salty breeze and ocean view (from a balcony overlooking Prospect Street) are free.
Prospect Bar & Grill
1025 Prospect Street, #210, La Jolla
Fun watermelon facts:
Watermelons are 92 percent water.
Watermelon, aka Citrullus lanatus, is cousins with cucumbers, pumpkins and squash in the botanical family Curcurbitaceae.
The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
Early explorers used watermelon rinds to store drinking water.
Guinness Book of World Records (1998 edition) says the largest watermelon ever recorded weighed 262 lbs. and was grown in Tennessee in 1990.
(Dying to know more? Visit watermelon.org.)