Summertime brings with it long days and warm nights, extending happy hour into a daylong affair. But with the joy of a 2 p.m. cocktail often comes the dreaded 6 p.m. hangover, which is always unpleasant, no matter how much fun you had at the pool party or rooftop soirée. For a tasty fix, try a cocktail made with that classic summer fruit that makes everything more refreshing: watermelon.
The crunchy, electric pink melon is packed with water, so it actually helps you hydrate, warding away that early evening slump. Plus, one serving has double the potassium of a banana and is loaded with vitamins A and C to keep your immune system in check—so you’ll feel good all summer long. While you can simply pour booze into a watermelon or soak slices in rum, you can also juice, purée and blend the fruit to create refreshing, rosy cocktails. From a low-ABV slushie to a deceptively boozy punch, here are eight cooling watermelon cocktails for peak summer day drinking.