Nothing quite says summer, like a watermelon keg! Refreshing, cute and practical – a watermelon keg spigot takes your summer drinks to the next level. And best of all, it’s simple to install the small faucet in the watermelon – a child could do it.
Here are a few tips on how to DIY a watermelon keg – as well as an easy recipe for the perfect watermelon sangria to serve in it!
How to DIY a Watermelon Keg:
1. Try to choose a large watermelon (that gives you more space for drinks!), and a melon that stands pretty steady. If you can only find roly poly watermelons that have no flat end – no problem. Just slice 1/3rd of an inch off the bottom to keep it upright and stable. Be sure though, that you do not cut through the watermelons outer rind. You want your melon leak proof!
2. Next, cut about 1/2inch- to 1 inch off the top of your melon. This will create a lid. Reach inside your watermelon and start scooping out all that yummy watermelon! Keep a bowl handy to save your watermelon innards inside of, you will want them for the recipe later!
Tip: Don’t scrape the bottom couple of inches of your watermelon. You want to a leak proof bottom to your watermelon keg!
3. You can buy lot’s of great watermelon keg kits, but I particularly like this: Watermelon Keg Kit. This kit has an extra piece most don’t have- a pre-measured coring tool. If your kit does not come with one, you will want to trace the size hole you need for your spigot. If you have a kit like mine, simply use the coring tool to create the perfect opening.
Tip: You will want to make your watermelon keg hole about 2 or 3 inches above the bottom of the melon. Keep in mind that you want your hole on the low side, since once liquid goes below the hole, you will need to tilt the melon to pour drinks. So the lower the hole – the easier pouring drinks will be!
4. Now you are ready to insert your Faucet into the watermelon keg! Most spigot kits will have you put the faucet end through the front, and then screw on a locking nut inside. This creates a leak proof seal!
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TIP: If you need more clearance under your spigot to place your glass comfortably, I suggest placing your watermelon in a sturdy bowl to lift it up slightly.
5. Last, you are ready to fill up that Melon! Replace the lid to keep drinks cool and fresh!
Tip: Watermelon kegs work best with thin liquids. If you use your leftover watermelon in your drink (and you should!) be sure to pulse it in a food processor before putting it through your watermelon tap! You don’t want pieces of watermelon to clog your watermelon keg!
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What do you put inside a Watermelon Keg? This!
~Watermelon Sangria Recipe~
- 1 Bottle of Dry Red Wine
- 1/2 Cup of Frozen Lime-aid
- 1/3 Cup of Orange Juice
- 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Cup Triple Sec
- 2 Cups of Club Soda
- All the leftover watermelon from making your watermelon Keg. Blended well.
Add everything to tour watermelon keg and mix! This Sangria is really refreshing and the watermelon makes for a lighter taste!
TIP: Want to cheat? Just buy your favorite store bought Sangria. Add it to your watermelon and add equal parts blended watermelon to your bottled Sangria! Saves time, and is just as yummy!
~Kids Watermelon Water Recipe~
- 5 Cups of leftover watermelon
- 1/2 Cup of water
- 1/3 Cup of Sugar (optional)
- Squeeze of Lime (optional)
Puree everything in a blender until totally smooth! If you think there may be pieces not totally blended you can put the mix through a mesh strainer before adding to your watermelon keg!
TIP: For a not so kid friendly version of this drink, skip the sugar and add your favorite flavored vodka to taste!