That’s right, this watermelon has been turned into a real, functioning cocktail (or non-alcoholic punch) keg. Can you think of anything better for a back yard party or barbecue? All you need is a spigot and a few basic kitchen tools, and it’s easy to transform a watermelon into a keg. Here’s how!
Here’s how to turn your melon in a functioning cocktail keg.
What you’ll need:
1 medium-large oval or oblong watermelon (seeded or seedless)
a green dry erase marker
channel knife (alternative: use the top of a vegetable peeler)
large spoon or ice cream scoop
twine and straight pins
your favorite punch recipe
Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
Place the watermelon on its side on a cutting board. Cut 1/4″ to 1/2″ off both ends of the watermelon, being careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind. One side will provide a sturdy base.
Use dry erase marker to make a thick band on the upper third and lower third of the watermelon to represent the metal bands around a keg. Use the channel knife to trim away a thin line to further represent those metal bands.
Hollow out the watermelon with a spoon or ice cream scoop, reserving the watermelon pieces to make punch, if you like. Be sure to leave about 2″ of watermelon flesh towards the bottom of the watermelon so the spigot can be placed.
Use an apple corer to cut a circle for your spigot to fit through the watermelon rind, placing it about 2″ to 3″ above the bottom of the watermelon. Screw your spigot into place.
For added detail, carefully pin twine in your lines you’ve made to represent the metal bands around the keg. Be careful that the pins do not poke through the watermelon into the keg.
Place the keg on a saucer or plate and fill with punch.