By Julie R Thompson

From park picnics to backyard barbecues, watermelon is everywhere during the summer months — and we’re thankful for it. One bite into a slice of perfectly ripe watermelon and you’re immediately refreshed on a hot day. It’s like magic. Even when you get all sticky from juice running down your arm, watermelon is worth it.

But if you want to skip the juicy mess, try mixing things up with some watermelon recipes. You can make salads, cakes and cocktails out of watermelon to get all the greatness out of the best summer fruit without any of the mess. And if you take the time to make a drunken watermelon too, you’ll basically have everything you need for a great summer party.