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The fruit really shines when it's filled with booze

Rebecca Firkser
August 27, 2018

Last weekend, I wanted to make a batched cocktail to celebrate the absolutely perfect end of summer weather we were having in New York. I was feeling more creative than usual, and instead of just dumping a bunch of liquids into a bowl, I noticed the watermelon keg tap I’d recently received for testing. My answer was there: I would turn a watermelon into a keg, and then mix liquor into the watermelon juice for extra fun.

Turning a watermelon into a keg isn’t as hard as it looks, but it is a process. First things first, you’ll need a melon. Skip the baby ones, unless you're drinking the whole thing by yourself. I sprung for a modest seven-pound melon, though you could go larger if you’re feeling it.

Wash the melon well and then slice a thin piece off the top, sort of like if you were cutting off the stem end when carving a pumpkin. At this point, you can turn the watermelon flesh into juice in one of two ways: You can scoop it all out with a spoon or an ice cream scoop and then transfer the flesh to a blender, or you can use an immersion blender and go to town directly inside the watermelon, keeping the melon in the sink to avoid a mess. I opted for option 2. When the melon is fully blended, pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl.

Now comes the keg part. Make a hole on the bottom side of the melon. Most taps, like the one I had, come with pieces intended to pierce through the melon. Read the directions of whichever tap you’re using to do it properly. Attach the rest of the tap according to the directions.

When the tap is properly inserted, pour the watermelon juice back into the melon, and add whatever liquor you’d like. I went for tequila and lime juice, but you could also try white wine, vodka, or gin. You could also keep the melon juice as is, pour it into flutes, and top with a splash of Prosecco for watermelon mimosas. Watermelon juice tastes best when chilled, so if you can, place the whole keg in the fridge for a couple hours before serving, or have ice on hand.

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