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There's something about certain things that just remind you of summer. For instance, when you slice a garden tomato that's still warm from the sun, or eat juicy raspberries by the handful, the scents and flavors remind you what is so wonderful about those long, hot summer days.

And perhaps the most iconic fruit of summer is the juicy watermelon. And it's not only delicious, it's wonderful for you as well! Watermelon is full of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C and is a good source of potassium and trace minerals, all for around forty-five calories per serving. With health benefits like these coupled with a natural sweetness, it's no wonder that watermelon is a perpetual summer favorite.

Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon, with its high liquid content, is a natural choice for summer beverages. Watermelon coolers, watermelon margaritas, spiked watermelon and watermelon smoothies are all popular choices for summer entertaining.

However, perhaps the simplest way to add some adult kick to watermelon is to spike it. Spiked watermelon is an easy and memorable addition to any summer party. Simply cut a small hole in the top of a large watermelon and insert a funnel. Pour in a fifth of vodka, rum, or tequila slowly and let the alcohol absorb into the melon one to two cups at a time. It may take several hours or even a full day for the melon to absorb all the alcohol, but rest assured it will happen. Slice the melon and serve as usual, but be careful to keep kids away!

If a spiked watermelon seems a little low brow for your tastes, try one of these delicious and sophisticated summer watermelon drinks for all ages.

Watermelon Margarita Drink Recipe

  • 3 cups seeded watermelon
  • ½ cup agave tequila
  • Juice and zest of one lime, divided
  • 1 oz. orange flavored liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Coarse salt for rimming glasses
  • Melon balls or lime wedges for garnish, optional

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon, tequila, lime zest, liqueur and sugar in a blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Dip the rims of 6 glasses in lime juice and then salt. Fill with crushed ice.
  3. Fill glasses with watermelon margarita mixture and garnish with melon balls and lime wedges if desired.

Watermelon Mojitos

  • 2 cups seeded watermelon
  • 12 sprigs of mint
  • 6 Tbsp sanding sugar
  • 9 Tbsp lime juice
  • 9 oz. rum
  • Club soda
  • Watermelon skewers for garnish, optional

Directions

  1. Place watermelon, lime juice, and rum in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Muddle mint and sugar together. Add to watermelon mixture.
  3. Pour watermelon mojitos into 6 glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda and watermelon skewers if using.

Watermelon Smoothie

  • 4 cups seeded watermelon, chilled
  • 1 cup frozen grapes
  • 1 cup lemon sorbet
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and no chunks of ice remain. Pour watermelon smoothies into four tall glasses.

Watermelon Strawberry Cooler

  • 4 cups seeded watermelon, chilled
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest for garnish, optional

Directions

Place all ingredients except zest in a blender and process until smooth. Pour watermelon coolerover ice into four glasses and top with lemon zest if using.

The possibilities when it comes to watermelon drinks are endless - just take your favorite cocktail and add watermelon for a sweet, summery twist. Kids can get in on the fun too with virgin variations of adult drinks. Both of the watermelon cocktails above can be made sans alcohol for a refreshing summer treat the whole family can enjoy.

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