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. You will need a spigot to make a proper keg, which can be purchased at home-brewing stores or on the Internet.
How to Make a Watermelon Keg
- 1 medium oval watermelon
- 4 to 6 cups of water or alcohol
Servings: Makes 8 to 12 cups, depending on the size of the watermelon
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: None
Total time: 10 minutes
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Press the spigot gently into the hole. Scrape away the flesh on the inside of the watermelon to reveal the end of the spigot.
- 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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