By Alyssa Sparacino
August 09, 2012
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(from the Purcell Sisters) Nothing says summer like watermelons, which are chock-full of immunity-boosting vitamin C. Makes 2 drinksIngredients: 4 cups watermelon, 1 ounce vodka, ½ ounce triple sec, ½ ounce fresh lemon juice, 1 cup ice, salt for rim, sugar for rim, red food coloring (optional)Directions: Purée watermelon in a blender, and strain the mixture until it yields 2 ounces of juice. Combine juice and next 3 ingredients (through lemon juice) in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup ice, and shake 10—15 times to chill. Rim 2 glasses with a mixture of half sugar, half salt (tinted with a couple of drops of red food coloring, if desired). Pour drinks, with ice, into prepared glasses.Calories per serving: 151

What a perfect name for this cocktail! Since watermelon is comprised mostly of water, there's no debate about its thirst-quenching abilities. Plus this superfruit is loaded with vitamin C and is a natural diuretic.

Most watermelons aren't exactly small, so it's common to have some extra slices. Put those to good use in this cool drink; just puree the fruit, splash in some vodka and triple sec, plus a few other flavorful ingredient (like lemon juice, salt, and sugar), and...voila!

It's simple, sweet (but not too much), and a perfect choice for any summer picnic or cookout menu. Cheers!

Try this recipe: Watermelon Quencher