Turn A Watermelon Into A Keg With This $20 Gadget

This simple tool can transform a common melon into a delicious summer drink receptacle.
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Come summer, there’s nothing better than an outdoor gathering and a crisp drink that cuts the heat and makes you say “ahhh.” I’m talking a fruity, refreshing and possibly even boozy beverage that quenches your thirst and satisfies your sweet tooth at a midday barbecue or a poolside lounge session.

If this scenario sounds like a dream to you, may I suggest transforming a watermelon, the unofficial fruit of summer, into your very own drink dispenser?

Kristen Aiken, HuffPost’s Head of Life and resident expert in all things food and beverage, said that thanks to a cleverly designed spout and coring tool, transforming a watermelon into a keg becomes an eye-catching party trick that can be executed with ease.

“When people walk in and see a giant watermelon sitting on the counter with a tap in the side of it, they can’t help but ooh and ahh and wonder what’s inside,” she said.

If you think this looks more trouble than it’s worth, Aiken insisted that’s part of the appeal: relatively low effort, big pay off.

“You only have to have the tiniest bit of dexterity to make it work,” she said.

According to Aiken, If you’ve ever carved a pumpkin for Halloween, you’re already equipped with the required set of skills to make your watermelon keg dreams a reality. The process involves carving out the juicy innards of your melon until the whites of the rind are visible. Make sure to set aside the fruit chunks, because those will be essential to the final product. After that, you can make a hole in the side of the melon using the coring component, then screw in the tap and you’re ready to serve!

“Here’s what I like to fill it with,” Aiken said. “For kids, I put the scooped-out watermelon in a blender with some lemonade, and then pour it back into the top of the watermelon keg and pop the top back on. For adults, obviously I do a spiked version of that, with whatever kind of liquor you like.”

It’s important that the consistency of your liquid is thin enough to flow out through the tap; a smoothie-like texture has the potential to clog the valve. It’s also a good idea to slice a small section off the base of your melon so that it can sit flat on a surface without tipping over.

But why stop at watermelon? Enjoy spiced apple cider in pumpkins for Halloween, frothy Piña Coladas served out of a pineapple or top up your melon with your favorite seltzer of choice.

“I spent my entire life savings on culinary school, but making a watermelon keg is one of my most priceless skills,” Aiken said.

Learn more about the particular model we mentioned in the slide below, plus see what other people had to say about this party-pleasing gadget. If you’re not entirely convinced that this is the keg for you, we also wrangled up a couple of other options available.

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Get the Final Touch Watermelon Tapping And Coring Kit
This particular model by Final Touch is made from BPA-free plastic and is the most popular option on Amazon. It also comes with a coring tool, which can make keg insertion a little easier, and stabilizing washers to help ensure a leak-proof performance.

Promising reviews for the Final Touch tapping kit:

“Nice conversation piece. Made for our summer activities. The faucet attached well to the watermelon and produced a tight and [leakproof] seal on the fruit. Just blend the pulp, pass the blended juice into a colander to remove pieces that can clog the faucet and enjoy a refreshing drink.” ― Modesto Aguayo

″Our daughter turned 40 in July. We gave her a huge 40th party. The watermelon keg was a HUGE success. I am so happy I saw it in time to have it for the party. Some people thought that the watermelon was not real that’s how good it looked. Loved it, we plan to use it a lot it’s so much fun.” ― Amazon customer

“Had a ton of fun with this on 4th of July. Made watermelon margaritas - everyone was impressed. Can’t wait to use it again!” ― Robin Johnson

“Worked really well - exactly as advertised. It’s not metal, so don’t expect it to be super sturdy, but it’s still plenty strong. The tap is big enough for blended watermelon to pour through. If you do make watermelon daiquiris I’d recommend straining out the pulp though. I used this for about 10 hours without any issues except for two times when it got clogged and we had to use pressurized air to clear it. Not a big deal, but with the pulp strained out this would work perfectly.” ― Richard W. Mcrae

An all-in-one corer and spout with legs
The four stabilizing feet included in this affordable tapping kit mean you don't have bother with slicing off the bottom of your melon in order for it to stand up on a flat surface. The spout is also connected to the coring tool for a simple and easy insertion and the longer length of the spout ensures that it will reach the liquid for seamless dispensing.

Promising reviews: "I was shocked by how well this product worked. It was one of the cheaper items that we were considering bit decided to go for it. The ease of use was incredible. It did not clog or have any performance issues. We had no leakage problems. You can find multiple videos on YouTube about fast ways to puree the watermelon inside. We bough a second set of these - one for kiddos and one for 'adult' drinks. Worth the $7!" — BabyMamaBeth

"Exceeded expectations. Hollowed out watermelon with an immersion blender, inserted the tap on a flat side of the melon, punched it through the rind and poured the punch I made back into the watermelon. No leaks or dripping, the tap worked great and is a very good deal for the price. I put googly eyes on the melon and named it Walter Melon, will be making Walter Melons for future cookouts and parties, was a big hit." — Yossarian
A chrome and brass melon spout
This spout is made with chrome-covered brass and could possibly be more durable than all plastic options. The included set of stabilizing washers help to ensure that the tap will stay in place as you pour. You might need to purchase a coring tool separately to help make the hole for the tap.

Promising reviews: "I went to a neighborhood party and they had the Blazin Watermelon Tap... Everyone loved it! The only problem is you need to order two, so you have a watermelon on standby. I just ordered three more and will bring as the perfect party gift. Bring a watermelon filled with vodka with the Blazin Watermelon Tap and tell them to keep the tap as a gift. TOTALLY COOL." — Amazon customer

"High quality, sturdy tap. Easy to assemble and clean when done. We used it for a pumpkin keg at a Halloween Party. Our guests were amazed! The tap did not leak, and the handle is not flimsy while your beverage is dispensing. We will definitely use this tap again on a watermelon in the summertime." — NurseBent

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