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I spent my childhood summers poolside at my grandparents' home here in Tennessee, and my grandfather's garden came with wheelbarrows and wheelbarrows of fresh watermelon. I would eat that juicy fruit until I was practically sick. Now, I'll simply take it disguised in a cocktail, please! If you mix fruit with liquor it's healthier, right? (I'll just keep telling myself that.)

Celebrate this colorful and luscious summer fruit with our favorite recipes, DIYs and more.

DRINK IT

Hibiscus, Melon + Mint Agua Fresca

Watermelon Hibiscus Mint Aguas Frescas Combine 5 cups watermelon and simple syrup from 4 hibiscus tea bags, 3 sprigs of mint, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Blend until smooth and strain. Add 6 cups water or sparkling water. Serve chilled.

Watermelon Hibiscus Mint Aguas Frescas Combine 5 cups watermelon and simple syrup from 4 hibiscus tea bags, 3 sprigs of mint, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Blend until smooth and strain. Add 6 cups water or sparkling water. Serve chilled.

Mellow Melon Margarita

Melon Margarita Wedding Cocktail

Melon Margarita Wedding Cocktail

Red, White + Blue Sangria

Add Winer

Add Winer

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Springtime Melon Spritzer

Sweet Melon Springtime Cocktail

Sweet Melon Springtime Cocktail

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Watermelon Moscow Mule

Watermelon Mule Cocktail

Watermelon Mule Cocktail

Photo by: Kayla Kitts

Kayla Kitts

TAKE A BITE

Tipsy Watermelon Sorbet

Tipsy Watermelon Sorbet

Tipsy Watermelon Sorbet

Feta, Mint + Watermelon Bites

Watermelon Mint Skewers

Watermelon Mint Skewers

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

Grilled Watermelon + Peach Skewers

Grilled Fruit Skewers

Grilled Fruit Skewers

GET CRAFTY

Watermelon Keg

Make a Watermelon Party Keg 00:36

For the best keg party ever, make this easy watermelon keg and cocktail.

Watermelon Doormat

Fresh Watermelon Doormat 03:23

Create a cute and summery watermelon doormat.

Watermelon Beach Bag

Watermelon Beach Bag 02:39

Make your beach trips delicious with a summer-fresh watermelon beach bag.

Dip-Dyed Watermelon Tee

Dip-Dyed Watermelon T-Shirt 05:29

Learn how to make a cute, colorful watermelon t-shirt.

Fruit Centerpieces

Melon Vessels

Melon Vessels

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

GET INSPIRED

Girl's Bedroom Featuring Watermelon Wall Print and Subtle Neon Accents

Girl's Bedroom Featuring Watermelon Wall Print and Subtle Neon Accents

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

Watermelon-Inspired Kids' Room Decor

Watermelon-Inspired Kids' Room Decor

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

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