We Tried to Tap a Watermelon Keg. Here’s What Happened.

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Let's just say we have a new favorite way to enjoy watermelon.

Hosting a summer grill-out or backyard bash takes a lot of careful planning. And if you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for ways to take your gathering to the next level. Whether I show off my creative serving ideas, unbeatable recipes or a killer playlist, I want my parties to be epic. Which is why, when I found out about the watermelon keg, I knew I had to try it. Here’s what happened.

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Wait…what’s a watermelon keg?

This clever idea has been making the rounds on Pinterest for a while, but essentially it’s a hollow watermelon “tapped” with a faucet and filled with your beverage of choice. The keg makes a fun centerpiece, and is a practical serving idea for anyone who doesn’t own party-size beverage dispensers. You can also make kegs with pumpkins, other melons and even pineapples!

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

What You’ll Need:

  • Watermelon
  • Large knife
  • Keg tapping kit
  • Large bowl
  • Serving spoon
  • Beverage of choice

I used a watermelon tap kit, like this one from Williams-Sonoma. Spoiler: It worked like a charm!

watermelon kegBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

Step 1: Get Level

First, give your watermelon a flat side to keep it level. Some watermelons stand naturally straight, but others require you to cut a little bit off of the bottom. To level your melon, use a large knife to horizontally slice away 1/3 of an inch of rind at the fruit’s base. Try to avoid cutting too far into the watermelon’s flesh, though, otherwise your keg could leak.

watermelon kegBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

Step 2: Scoop It Out

Next, cut about 1/2 an inch off of the top of the melon to serve as a lid. Stand the watermelon upright and use a serving spoon to hollow out the melon. Place the fruit flesh in a large bowl. Leave about 2 inches of fruit at the bottom of the melon to help prevent leaks.

Editor’s Tip: We suggest using the fruit to whip up watermelon margaritas or a crowd-pleasing punch to serve out of your keg. Or, just save the fruit for snacking!

watermelon kegBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

Step 3: Time to Tap

Now that your watermelon is hollow, it’s time to tap! Use a coring tool to create a hole in the melon about 2 to 3 inches from the bottom. Then, insert your faucet and secure it to the melon with a locking nut on the inside of the fruit. For best results, follow your kit’s instructions.

watermelon kegBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

Step 4: Fill ‘er Up!

Fill your watermelon with a refreshing drink, replace the lid and get ready to party! For best results, place the keg on the edge of a table, in a bowl or on a cake plate so guests can easily fill their glasses.

Editor’s Tip: Avoid serving anything too thick or chunky in the keg as the tap will clog.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.