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Drink Your Fourth-of-July Watermelon

Posted: 06/29/2012 3:11 pm

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!

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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.

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