Saturday is National Watermelon Day and there’s good reason to celebrate the super fruit.

Low in Sugar

Despite how sweet it may taste, half a cup (125 ml) of watermelon (cubed) has only 5 grams of sugar as compared to, say, an apple, which has roughly 14 grams of sugar.

High in Water

Watermelon is 92 per cent water so it’s a great hydrator — perfect on hot summer days.

Lycopene

Good for everything from eyesight to bone strength to brain health — and even studied for anti-cancer effects — lycopene is a star anti-oxidant and watermelon is loaded with it. Half a cup contains 3.6 mg — even more than a whole tomato (3.1 mg).

Watermelon is also a good source of fibre, essential minerals — calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus — and vitamins A and C.

Whether you’re having a slice or trying out this simple summer cocktail, here’s to watermelon!

A glass filled with a watermelon cocktail and garnisheed with a ribbon of cucumber

The Grey Goose Watermelon Chill

2 parts Grey Goose Le Citron
3 parts watermelon juice
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup (or to taste)

Simple Syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water

In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Cocktail:
Add Grey Goose Le Citron and other ingredients to a glass and stir or shake.
Garnish with rolled cucumber peel.

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