How to Make a Watermelon Keg
If you’re looking for a fun way to serve drinks at your end-of-the-summer party or backyard barbecue, watermelon keg is exactly what you need. It’s a simple project that will spruce up any gathering as it’s an instant crowd-pleaser no matter the age of your guests. Juicy, delicious and refreshing, a fruit keg can be a family-friendly fun juice dispenser or an adult-only fruity liquor tap. Best of all? Making a watermelon keg is actually fun! All you’ll need is a nice, ripe watermelon, a fruity elixir of your choice and a few kitchen tools.
How to Make a Watermelon Keg
To make a delicious and good-looking watermelon drink dispenser, you’ll need the following things:
- A large, ripe watermelon
- A cutting board
- A long, sharp knife
- A small knife or an apple corer
- An ice cream scoop or a long spoon
- Large bowls
- Spigot or tapper
- Wash the Watermelon
You’ll want to start by washing your watermelon thoroughly. Scrub it under warm water to remove any dirt or grocery grime. Then, pat dry. The watermelon should be clean and dry and ready for cutting.
- Shave the Bottom
Because a melon can’t stand up on its end, you’ll need to shave its bottom to make it flat. To do this, place it on a cutting board and shave thin pieces of the rind off the bottom on only one end. It’s important to shave thinly and not cut into fruit’s flesh as this can lead to leaking and a whole lot of mess. So take your time and go slowly. Finally, test the melon for stability by making it stand upright. If it’s not stable, shave a little more.
- Cut a Hole
You’ll need plenty of space inside the fruit for your juice of choice, so you’ll have to cut a large hole in the top of the melon to get the flesh out. This won’t be the side of the melon you just shaved, but the other one.
- Place your melon upright (on the flat, shaved bottom) on a cutting board.
- Take a large, sharp knife and cut a circle around the circumference of the top of the melon. The circle should be at least two inches from the top of the fruit. If you’re doing this for the first time ever, it’s a good idea to first scatch a circle with a marker to help guide your knife.
- You’ll want to make one cut all the way around, so that the end can come out in one piece. Because cutting a circle with a knife –no matter how sharp – is not that easy, it’s important to do it slowly and carefully.
- Scoop Out the Flesh
And now, the fun part – scooping out the watermelon flesh! While very satisfying, scooping the flesh is also the most time-consuming part, so do make sure you do this well ahead of your party. A large, ripe watermelon has a lot of flesh inside, so throwing it away is not an option (what a waste would that be!). Instead, we’ll save the fleshy fruit to use it later.
- Before you start scooping the flesh out, either lay down newspaper underneath the melon or place it in a deep sink. Scooping out the flesh can get really messy, so protecting your floors and walls is important!
- Take an ice cream scoop or any long spoon and with your melon standing upright on a cutting board or in the sink, start scooping out the flesh and placing it in a bowl. The melon chunks can be used later either as a snack or in your punch.
- When scooping, take care not to scrape too much of the skin as any indentation on the outer edge of the melon means that the juice can leak out.
- Make sure you get all the loose flesh and seeds out so that nothing can clog up the tapper.
- Leave about three inches of flesh at the bottom of the watermelon to act as the base of your keg. This is where the spigot/tapper will be inserted.
- Create the Watermelon Tap
Once you’ve scooped out all the flesh and seeds, find the best-looking side of the melon and face it forward. This is the spot you’ll place your tapper.
- Using an apple corer or a small knife make a small hole the size of the tapper toward the bottom portion of the melon. This should be just above the base you made inside the melon while scraping the flesh. The hole should go through the entire melon.
- Insert the tapper into the hole and make sure it fits tight and secure. If you have to, give it a couple of twists. To ensure the spigot stays in place, attach the locking nut on the inside of the melon.
- Test the keg for leaks by pouring a couple of cups of water inside the melon through the top hole. Open the faucet and watch for the drips. If all is well, move on to the next and last step!
- Add Your Drink of Choice
Finally, mix up your fruity drink (either virgin or spiked with liquor) and fill the watermelon keg. Enjoy yourself!