Celebrate National Watermelon Day With a DIY Watermelon Keg and Pinot Grigio
If summer could have a mascot, it would be the watermelon. That’s why August 3 is recognized as National Watermelon Day. What better way to celebrate its mouthwatering flavor than with friends and your own DIY Watermelon Keg. Whether you are hosting a barbeque, enjoying a picnic, or just lounging by the pool, you’ll make a splash and have a blast while cheering one another and the best fruit of summer. Infusion is the best way to salute this fruit!
What You’ll Need to Make the Watermelon Keg:
- Large watermelon (the longer and thinner, the better)
- Large sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Ice cream scoop
- Small knife/apple corer
How to Make It:
- Wash the watermelon of any dirt.
- Cut about an inch off of each watermelon end.
- One flat end will become the base, holding the watermelon upright, and the other will be the opening at the top. Save the top piece for later.
- With an ice cream scoop, remove the insides of the watermelon from the top side, placing the pieces in a bowl for use in the cocktail and for snacking.
- After removing the inside of the watermelon, scrape the inside walls of any remaining pink to make more room for your drink.
- Don’t scoop all of the fruit out, you’ll need some at the bottom so it won’t leak.
- Once you’ve hollowed out the inside, find the best-looking side of the watermelon and face it forward. This is the spot you want to place your spigot. Drill a small hole 2 to 3 inches above the bottom of the watermelon with an apple corer or a small knife.
- Insert the spigot. Be sure it fits tight and secure. (Try fastening a nut to the spigot on the inside of the watermelon to ensure it stays in place.)
Want a suggestion on what to do with all that extra scraped out watermelon?
Make watermelon cocktails the following day, of course.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups watermelon
- 2 bottles Pinot Grigio
- 1 cup vodka
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur
- 1 cup simple syrup
Recipe for the Watermelon Cocktail:
- In a blender, puree 2 cups of watermelon.
- Strain out the pulp.
- Add Sutter Home Pinot Grigio, orange liqueur, and simple syrup, stir until mixed.
- Add ice to glass.
- Garnish with leftover watermelon scoops.