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Create a fun family-style drink dispenser with a watermelon and a tap. Then, use the leftover fruit to make wholesome snacks.
- 1 large watermelon
- Paper towels
- Sharp chef’s knife
- Cutting board
- Large spoon or ice cream scoop
- Apple corer
- Power drill and paring knife (optional)
- Tap kit (includes a shank and faucet — available at many hardware stores)
- Waterproof plate
- Wash the watermelon and wipe it dry with paper towels. Using a sharp knife and cutting board, cut approximately 1/2 inch off the bottom to keep the watermelon standing straight.
- Cut off the top of the watermelon, about 3/4 of an inch.
- Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, hollow out the watermelon. Save the fruit for use in your favorite summer recipe.
- Using an apple corer, cut a circle through the rind about 2 1/2 inches above the bottom of the watermelon. (Choose the prettiest side for a party-worthy presentation.) Don’t have an apple corer? Drill a small hole, then use a small knife to widen the hole until it’s slightly smaller than the shank of the tap.
- Insert the shank into the hole; tighten hardware inside the melon.
- Attach the faucet to the shank.
- Place the watermelon keg on a clean, waterproof plate at the end of a table. Fill it with ice, then your favorite lemonade, punch or tropical drink recipe
Tip: Avoid beverages with pulp; they can clog the spout.
Tasty Summer Treats
Not sure what to do with the leftover watermelon? Try these fresh, fruity ideas:
- Assemble Fruit Kebabs: Thread watermelon chunks, fresh strawberries, grapes and pineapple chunks on bamboo skewers to create kebabs. This is a great way to get kids to eat more fruit!
- Make a spritzer: Puree watermelon pieces in a blender, and then mix the pureed fruit with lemonade or sparkling water. Serve over ice.
- Blend up a smoothie: Cut watermelon into chunks and freeze. Mix in a blender with other fresh and frozen fruits — and a splash of juice — to create a tasty smoothie.
- Chill summer drinks: Freeze small chunks or balls of watermelon to use as ice cubes in your favorite summer beverages.
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