Just like hot dogs, flag cake and sparklers, watermelon is a staple of Independence Day. (Take that, Britain!) But no matter how many guests we invite, we never seem to be able to finish a whole one.
Fortunately, we have a solution: Use some of the fruit to make delicious Fourth of July cocktails. Watermelon's unmistakable sweetness is ideal for refreshing summer drinks and pairs nicely with everything from vodka and gin to tequila and rum. (Quick tip: to get watermelon juice, just run a few chunks through the blender, then strain.)
So, here are five of our favorite watermelon cocktail recipes. It's your patriotic duty as an American to fix one. Happy Fourth of July!
How can such a simple recipe taste so complex? The fine aged Guatemalan rum helps, but we give much of the credit to the unexpected garnish of cracked black pepper. Its savory flavor tempers the drink's sweetness and adds a welcome spicy note.View recipe: Summerlin
You probably think the Margarita is more suited to Cinco de Mayo than Cuatro de Julio, but in fact the first reference to the drink in print was found in an Iowa newspaper. So mix up this quaffable watermelon variation on the classic today.View recipe: Fresh Watermelon Margarita
Basil and ginger make this concoction amazingly refreshing. If you've never tried the combination of watermelon and fresh herbs before, this recipe will convince you of its deliciousness. (And, by the way, mint works just as well as basil.)View recipe: Basil Watermelon Cooler
While it doesn't take much to make a tasty watermelon cocktail, this complex and sophisticated Plymouth Gin-based concoction is worth trying. It incorporates bitter Aperol and a couple dashes of absinthe.View recipe: Speedwell Cooler
Fruity variations on the classic Mojito abound, from blueberry to pineapple. But this one, with its perfect balance of sweet and sour, might be our favorite.View recipe: Watermelon Mojito
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