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These watermelon drink recipes—from watermelon margaritas to watermelon smoothies—are just what you want to sip this summer. Plus, they’re perfect for using up all that extra fruit still sitting in your fridge.

Watermelon happens to be one of the most hydrating fruits around, and even eating it straight-up is often enough to quench your thirst in the bargain. But this juicy summer staple is also great in all kinds of watermelon cocktails (and mocktails).

So check out these 11 watermelon drinks when you’re feeling thirsty…and if you’re not yet, you will be by the time you finish reading.

Watermelon Juice with Fleur de Sel

Salted Watermelon Juice recipe

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The easiest way to make this summer produce all-star into a refreshing drink is to purée it. Add a pinch of salt to enhance the sweetness, and you’re all set. Freeze the chunks first and you have a slushy drink (which you can spike if you like, of course). Get our Watermelon Juice with Fleur de Sel recipe.

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Spicy Watermelon Agua Fresca

For a thinner drink, you can add water to the watermelon puree—plus some fresh lime juice for a tangy balance. This Spicy Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe suggests blending some peppers into the mix if you like a little heat.

Summer Hoedown

watermelon beer cocktail recipe

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Taking the previous ideas a step further: Watermelon purée is mixed with sugar, cherry-pit-flavored maraschino liqueur, and beer. Trust us, it’s delicious. Get our Summer Hoedown recipe. (Or try this watermelon beer cocktail recipe that swaps in Créole Shrubb liqueur for the Luxardo.)

Watermelon Margarita

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Our Watermelon Margarita recipe makes a big batch, but this 3-ingredient Watermelon Margarita recipe is good for two (or seconds for you). If your watermelon isn’t perfectly sweet and ripe, you might need a bit of added sweetener.

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Watermelon Soju Cocktail

Watermelon Soju Cocktail recipe

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Soju—the Asian spirit distilled from grain or sweet potatoes—keeps a low flavor profile here, letting sweet watermelon (and spicy ginger liqueur) rise to the top. Serve at your next backyard Korean barbecue (or any time, really). Get our Watermelon Soju Cocktail recipe.

Rose Mary Cocktail

rosemary watermelon cocktail recipe

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Fresh herbs in cocktails are almost always a great idea, but the pairing of resinous rosemary and sweet watermelon is less than expected, to say the least. It’s also incredibly refreshing. Get the Rose Mary Cocktail recipe and see for yourself.

Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail

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Watermelon and lemonade are two great tastes of summer that are even better together; combined with rum and fresh blackberries, this is destined to be a new favorite summer drink. Get our Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail recipe.

Zapatos Nuevos

watermelon tequila cocktail recipe

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Fresh herbs make an appearance again, but this time it’s spicy basil, which is used more for its heady fragrance. The drink is otherwise pretty simple, but no less effective, with tequila, agave syrup, and lime juice along for the ride. Get the Zapatos Nuevos recipe.

Watermelon Mojitos

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Cooling fresh mint also works wonderfully well with watermelon. Get the Watermelon Mojito recipe.

Watermelon Frose

Sangria slushies, wine pops, and now, this Watermelon Frose recipe. Which has the benefit of being served right in the melon shell for those who aren’t playing around (or who want to share).

Strawberry Chia Watermelon Smoothie

For the morning after your watermelon cocktails, get the Strawberry Chia Watermelon Smoothie recipe and set things right again.

And no matter which watermelon drink you make, don’t throw away the rind; there are lots of watermelon rind recipes to make with it besides pickles.

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