How to Make a Watermelon Keg

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Summer is not complete without a heavy dose of watermelon. The fruit can practically quench your thirst all on its own. And, of course, it is a welcome addition to a number of cocktails, from to Mojitos to Swizzles. But we’re fans of using the whole watermelon here. That means one thing: It’s time to make a watermelon keg. The process is simple—and not all that different than making a pumpkin keg—but it makes for a showpiece that completes any summer party.


Sharp knife
Large serving spoon
Tap (you can get a basic one like this or one that’s part of a watermelon keg kit)
Overturned bucket to elevate watermelon (optional)


1 medium sized watermelon
Whatever fruity drink you want to serve out of it

Step 1: Cut off the bottom

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Cut off the rounded tip at the bottom of the watermelon so that it is flat on the bottom.

Step 2: Cut off the top

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Cut off the top of the watermelon, slicing in at least two inches from the tip. Save the top.

Step 3: Scoop

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Scoop out the watermelon flesh. Juice it or muddle it to use in whatever drink you’ll be putting inside. (If you’ve made a pumpkin keg, take note: There is a lot more scooping involved in this one.)

Step 4: Cut a hole

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Carefully cut a circle out and remove the piece of watermelon rind. Take care to make sure it is not so low that it won’t go into the watermelon’s cavity or so high that it will be above too much of the liquid.

Step 5: Insert the tap

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Secure the tap into the hole you just cut.

Step 6: Fill

Pour whatever drink you like into the watermelon and put the top back on.

Step 7: Drink

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This one should be self-explanatory.