It’s easy to see why. Watermelon is refreshing, not overly sweet, and it adds a lovely pink hue to libations. Here are three cocktail recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. We find the Spiked Watermelon Balls especially clever.

Move over mango. Watermelon seems to be the “it” cocktail ingredient this summer.

It’s easy to see why. Watermelon is refreshing, not overly sweet, and it adds a lovely pink hue to libations. Here are three cocktail recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. We find the Spiked Watermelon Balls especially clever.

Watermelon Mango Margarita

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 piece ripe mango
2 limes, juice extracted
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Triple Sec
2 jiggers tequila
2 cups ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

Spiked Watermelon Balls

1/4 watermelon, small and ripe
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup light rum
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel

Bring the water to a boil. Stir in sugar and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the rum and simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool somewhat before adding the lime juice and the grated lime peel. Cut melons into balls with a melon baller. Pour the syrup over the fruit, mix gently, cover and chill for several hours before serving. Makes 8-10 servings.

Watermelon Mimosa

1 cup watermelon juice (puree, strained)
1/2 cup light champagne (preferably not brut, but rather asti or similar)

Divide watermelon juice among 2 to 3 champagne flutes. Fill with champagne and enjoy! Makes 2 to 3 cocktails.