How to Turn a Watermelon into a Keg
Tap that juicy beauty and prepare for the “oohs” and “ahhs.”
A classic idea but always a party winner, the watermelon keg is what your next poolside gathering needs. The concept is simple: big juicy melon, your favorite fruity elixir (loaded or virgin) and a fun little tap. A cake stand and cute glasses complete the Pinterest-worthy setup.
WHAT YOU NEED:
• Large watermelon (the longer and thinner, the better)
• Large sharp knife
• Cutting board
• Ice cream scoop
• Small knife/apple corer
• Spigot (get one at amazon.com)
Step 1: Prep the Watermelon
Wash the watermelon of any dirt or grocery store gunk. Cut about 1/3 of an inch off of each watermelon end. One flat end will become the base, holding the watermelon upright, and the other will be the opening at the top.
Step 2: Start Scooping and Scraping
With an ice cream scoop, remove the middle of the watermelon from the top side, placing the chunks in a nearby bowl for snacking (don’t let any go to waste!). After a few minutes of scooping, pour any excess watermelon juice into a separate bowl to save for later. This makes scooping easier and keeps your hands from swimming in liquid.
After removing the guts of the watermelon, scrape the inside walls of any remaining pink to make more room for your drink. Be sure to leave about 2 inches of fruit at the bottom of the melon so the keg won’t leak.
Step 3: Prep for the spigot
Once you’ve hollowed out the inside, find the best-looking side of the watermelon and face it forward. This is the spot you want to place your spigot. Drill a small hole 2 to 3 inches above the bottom of the watermelon with an apple corer or a small knife. Be careful!
Step 4: Tap the melon
Insert the spigot. Be sure it fits tight and secure. (Try fastening a nut to the spigot on the inside of the watermelon to ensure it stays in place.)
Step 5: Fill ‘er up!
Pour in your favorite concoction (party punch, homemade juice, margaritas, sangria, watermelon water, etc.) and serve! For ease and prettiness, try propping it on a cute cake stand. Otherwise be sure it’s standing upright and solid on the table. The watermelon keg lasts about 6 hours without leaking, so keep refilling as much as you want. Then, toss the shell in the trash, and hold on to the spigot for your next keg.
A Simple Drink to Try
Start with: fresh watermelon juice, raspberries, lemons, and ginger ale. Strain the watermelon juice you set aside while carving the keg. Next, muddle a handful of raspberries and mix them into the juice. Add the soda next, right on top of the raspberry and watermelon mix, and then top the keg off with four thick slices of lemon and a handful of raspberries.