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
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.
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.
Fresh Watermelon Sangria
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.
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.
Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice
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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