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Drink Your Watermelon: 5 Great Recipes for Summer Sipping

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[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Eating watermelon isn't that far off from drinking watermelon: this fruit is pretty juicy stuff. Which means it's also pretty easy to turn your favorite hot-pink summer treat into something sippable. Watermelon has a great affinity for tart lime and delicately flavored spirits; here are a few of our favorite recipes for summer watermelon drinks.

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas with St. Germain

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Back away from the bottled mix! It is so easy to make fresh fruit margaritas at home, and so much more delicious than anything that comes pre-packaged. This naturally pink drink starts with seedless watermelon, whirled in a blender with tart lime, tequila, and a pinch of salt. Instead of triple sec, this margarita has a touch of sweetness and delicate floral flavor from elderflower liqueur.

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Watermelon Limeade

[Photo: Autumn Giles]

This refreshing booze-free drink is as simple as can be: watermelon, lime, and a little agave nectar. It's guaranteed to be the prettiest drink at the barbecue, and if anyone wants to spike it, they can easily add a little gin to their cup.

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Fresh Watermelon Sangria

Watermelon Sangria

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

You can make sangria all year, but summer versions have a way of being more fun, since you have access to all sorts of fresh fruit. If you've already made a classic white or red sangria, consider offering this unusual variation alongside it. This one's juicy with fresh watermelon and lots of lime, and the rum and Cointreau give it a bit of tropical flavor.

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Insandiary

In-Sandiary

[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Ever sprinkled watermelon or cantaloupe with a little salt? It really brings out the flavor. That's one reason we like the spicy chili rim on this drink: it's both sweet and salty, elevating the flavors of cocktail with every sip. This simple cocktail is a good place to use your favorite silver tequila. Here are a few we love.

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Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice

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[Photo: Carolyn Cope]

Summer parties in the sun tend to leave us dehydrated in the morning. Here's a cure: the juice from fresh watermelon and cooling cucumbers, plus a little mint to brighten it up. Pour a tall glass, put your feet up, and think of it as a little spa experience right at home.

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