06/29/2012 03:11 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Drink Your Fourth-of-July Watermelon

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!

Drink Your Fourth of July Watermelon