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DIY watermelon cocktail keg

Turn a basic watermelon into a super-cool melon cocktail keg by carving it out and adding a tapper. This is a simple, fun and creative way to serve all of your summer drinks.

Want a super-cool way to serve up drinks at your next summer get-together? With a few simple tools, you can use this step-by-step guide to transform that boring melon into a super-cool drink dispenser! Add the watermelon punch spiked with Seagrams Brazilian rum and wow everyone by serving it up in your very own melon cocktail keg!

What you need:

  • 1 large watermelon
  • A sharp knife
  • A large spoon
  • A large bowl
  • A pen or marker
  • Power drill with a 3/4-inch drill bit
  • 1 beer shank kit



Step one

Look at the watermelon and determine which side is the best to place the faucet. If your watermelon is a bit unsteady when standing it up, cut off just a small portion of the bottom to help it stay balanced. With the knife, cut a circle on the top to form a “lid” with the same method as if you were going to carve a pumpkin for Halloween. Remove the “lid” from the watermelon and set aside as you will use this later.


Step two

With the large spoon begin to scoop out all of the watermelon and its juice and place it all into the large bowl. (Be careful to only scoop out the fruit and not the rind.)


Step three

With the pen, mark the area you want to drill the hole for the faucet. With the power drill very gently and slowly start to drill the hole into the base of the melon.


Step four

Carefully insert the long neck of the shank into the melon. Do not try to jam the shank into the melon as this can lead to breaking or cracking. If you need to widen the hole slightly, use the tip of a sharp knife. The shank needs to fit very snuggly in order to not leak.


Step five

Once the shank is in place, slide the O-ring on along with the adapter. Make sure that everything is tight and check for any leaks. Once you confirm that it is in working condition, add the beverage to the melon. Top with the “lid” and serve your drink!

Spiked watermelon punch recipe

Serves 12 to 15


  • 1 whole watermelon, pureed
  • 3 cups coconut rum
  • 1/2 cup watermelon schnapps, or any flavor
  • 1-1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups peach, guava or strawberry nectar
  • 12 cups crushed Ice
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  1. In a large bowl add the watermelon puree, the liquors, pineapple juice and the fruit nectar, mixing very well.
  2. Add the mixture to the watermelon “keg,” adding the ice and then the “lid” of the melon.
  3. Add a lime wedge to each glass and serve the drink icy cold.

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