Are you looking for something a little different to drink this weekend? Grab that huge watermelon out of your refrigerator and raid your liquor cabinet. I have five watermelon cocktail recipes that are perfect for summer sipping.

  • Watermelon Gin Fizz – As a lover of gin drinks, this recipe really appeals to me. Lime and ginger ale are added to pureed watermelon and gin. This looks like a refreshing summer cocktail, and the gin can be omitted so the kids can enjoy it, too.
  • Watermelon Vodka Slush – Part drink, part frozen treat, simple syrup, melon liqueur, lemon juice and generous amount of vodka are blended with frozen watermelon cubes and served in martini glasses. Definitely not for the kids.

watermelon cocktail drink The key to making a delicious punch is to use fresh mint and fresh lime juice. (Photo: Angela Aladro mella/Shutterstock)

  • Watermelon Punch – A rum punch with watermelon puree, fresh lime, and fresh mint. Great for brunch.
  • Watermelon Margarita – A frozen margarita made with fresh watermelon and traditional margarita mixers – a nice Friday night summer margarita that's a refreshing change of pace.
  • Watermelon Bellini – Breakfast, brunch or anytime, this fresh drink is made with watermelon, sugar, lemon juice and Prosecco or other sparkling wine. Cheers!

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipes: 5 watermelon cocktails
Watermelon is one of summer's best treats. It's perfect all by itself, but it also is makes for a refreshing base for summer cocktails.