image description March 11, 2014

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

Ingredient List Print Recipe

  • 1 medium oval watermelon
  • 4 to 6 cups of water or alcohol

Modern Pioneering

By Georgia Pellegrini

Grandma Pellegrini and Great-Aunt Gray used to love to have garden parties, and I like to think that this would have been my creative contribution. A watermelon keg is a festive way to serve beverages on a hot summer day. You can fill the keg with whatever liquid you would like. Simply add water or a clear alcohol, which will then absorb the watermelon. Since the size of a watermelon will vary, keep in mind that there should be a 1:1 ratio between the amount of flesh and the amount of alcohol or water, and save any remaining watermelon for a Tipsy Watermelon Salad (opposite). You will need a spigot to make a proper keg, which can be purchased at home-brewing stores or on the Internet.


Servings: Makes 8 to 12 cups, depending on the size of the watermelon
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: None
Total time: 10 minutes
  1. Cut off ½ inch from the bottom end of the watermelon so that it sits on a flat surface. Make sure that the surface that the watermelon will sit on isn’t cut too deep, just enough for it to sit evenly. Cut about 2 inches from the top end, cutting through the rind completely in order to get at the flesh.
  2. Using a large spoon, scoop out the watermelon flesh from the top of the watermelon and transfer it to a bowl, making sure to leave about 3 inches of flesh at the bottom of the watermelon for the spigot to nestle into.
  3. Determine where to place the spigot on the surface of the watermelon, then press it firmly into the rind to make an indentation. Using a pointed paring knife, create a small opening, making sure to cut inside the line of the circular indentation.
  4. Press the spigot gently into the hole. Scrape away the flesh on the inside of the watermelon to reveal the end of the spigot.
  5. In a blender, combine 4 to 6 cups of watermelon flesh with 4 to 6 cups of water or alcohol. Fill the watermelon with the liquid and serve over ice.


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