Adult Pumpkin Carving

Who says carving pumpkins is just for kids? Skip the Jack-o'-lanterns and make a DIY pumpkin keg instead!

DIY pumpkin keg

Put the punch bowl away and serve this year's Halloween cocktails in a pumpkin keg. This fun and seasonal centerpiece, full of delicious harvest sangria, is for adults only. Don't let the kids smash this pumpkin!

DIY pumpkin keg

What you’ll need:


  1. Select a pumpkin with a flat spot on one side for easiest tapping.
  2. Cut a circle into the top of the pumpkin and remove to create a lid. Clean out the pumpkin well, removing seeds and pulp with your hand. Using a spoon, scrape the inside of the pumpkin so it is very clean, leaving no soft or loose pulp. Let pumpkin sit at room temperature with lid off for one or two days to dry out.
  3. To insert the beer faucet, remove the nut from the shank. (Do not use the black plastic washer that comes with the kit on the front of the pumpkin. You will get a better seal without it.)
  4. Using a power drill fitted with a 3/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole into the side of the pumpkin as far down toward the bottom as possible. Screw the beer shank completely into the pumpkin, then screw the nut onto the shank tightly inside the pumpkin.
  5. Fill pumpkin keg with harvest sangria (recipe below) and replace the lid on pumpkin. (Do not fill keg with cocktail until the last minute as the pumpkin can start to soften and absorb the liquid if left sitting too long.)

Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to insert the beer shank >>

Harvest sangria

Serves 8


  • 1 (750 mL) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle sparkling apple cider or juice
  • 8 ounces spiced rum
  • 2 ounces triple sec


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Chill.
  2. Pour into a pumpkin keg, if desired.
  3. Serve over ice.

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Comments on "DIY pumpkin keg and harvest sangria recipe"

Rachel February 16, 2013 | 6:09 PM

Yum!! Thanks for these great ideas, She Knows!! Keep the creativity coming.

Amy L. November 09, 2012 | 4:02 PM

Congratulations, Karen! So happy for you, you deserve the best!

The Mom Chef October 08, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Wow, I love this! One of the reasons I don't make sangria is because of all the fruit needed. Since it's hidden in the pumpkin, it's that gorgeous caramel color in the glass that's the star. I'm loving this whole idea.

Tina October 07, 2012 | 5:01 PM

The harvest sangria looks amazing! I love having fall inspired drinks this time of year. Last night the hubs and I had Blue Moon pumpkin ale - yummy! I would love to try out one of these recipes for a fun night. Thanks!

Lauren October 05, 2012 | 5:20 PM

This is awesome if you're planning on throwing a Halloween party! I wonder if it makes the beer taste funny, though!

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