How to Tap a Watermelon Keg

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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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What is a watermelon keg?

This clever idea has been making the rounds on social media for a while (just like these genius TikTok products). 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

Tools and Supplies:


Step 1: Get level

cutting the end off of a large watermelon on a blue cutting board on an outdoor tableBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

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.

Step 2: Scoop it out

scooping watermelon out into a clear glass bowl on an outdoor tableBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

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! (Fruit lovers need this $13 watermelon slicer tool, too.)

Step 3: Time to tap

putting a tap onto the outside of the watermelonBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

Now that your watermelon is hollow, it’s time to tap! Grab your Final Touch watermelon keg tapping kit and use the 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. Make sure that the tap is snug, but don’t twist too hard or you could penetrate the melon’s rind and create a leak.

Step 4: Fill ‘er up!

hands filling up a mason jar mug from the watermelon kegBrianna Griepentrog/Taste of Home

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. Avoid serving anything too thick or chunky in the keg as the tap will clog.

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Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.