How to Make a Watermelon Keg (And Agua Fresca, Too)

This watermelon “keg” was our gift to Carleton for Father’s Day yesterday. That and some really dorky scones. The watermelon drink dispenser was totally simple to make – the hardest part was finding a tap, but I figured out a solution for that. Scarlet helped with scooping out the watermelon flesh, which we used to make some popsicles as well as the refreshing batch of agua fresca that we served inside the melon (can we get a what-what for hot pink juice that is 100% natural?).

Of course, dad and I later used the aqua fresca to make Watermelon Mint Jalapeno Mojitos, but that, my friends, is another post. However, the watermelon mimosa that I shared on facebook, well that’s self explanatory.

Find out how to make a watermelon into a keg/drink dispenser and get my super simple (every kid will love it, and almost every parent will love to spike it) watermelon agua fresca recipe…

How to Make a Watermelon Keg & Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

So according to this DIY by the people who grow watermelons, you’ll need a watermelon. An ovalish one is a good idea, and seedless will make your life a little easier (but not much easier, so if ya’ got a seeded watermelon, go for it). You’ll also need a spigot. That’s hard to find, so I took one off my mason jar juice jug ($15 at Cost Plus World Market). I can tell you that they do not sell spigots at Bevmo, SurLaTable, World Market, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, or any other store that is near my house. So, if you have a drink dispenser, look closely and you’ll likely see the spigot unscrews – bingo.

It’s quite simple to screw off. Here’s all the parts. Screw, bolt, washers.

To make the watermelon stand up, slice a small small small amount off the bottom. Leave as much of the white as you can, and cut so the watermelon will stand up straight.

Slice a bigger chunk off the top. It doesn’t have to be this big, but a big opening makes it easier to have your kid help scoop out the flesh.

Now scoop out the flesh.

I removed it directly to the blender.

Ragamuffin helper and I with our pureed watermelon.

Run the blended watermelon through a strainer to get the seed bits and chunks out.

At this point we had to pause to make popsicles.

Back to our watermelon keg. Use an apple corer to create a hole for your spigot.

Screw that baby into place.

To make watermelon aqua fresca, mix the watermelon juice with the juice of half a lime (or more, to taste). Taste, if it needs more sweetness add a tablespoon of sugar or simple syrup at a time. Pour it into your watermelon. If no children are present, add vodka. Done!

You have to try this for a summer party. Don’t do it for me, do it for the children. They really, really want to drink from a watermelon. At least that’s what they told me.




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You can find spigots on Amazon for $6-7 and if you have Prime, they ship for free!
I can’t wait to try this!


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