How to Make a Pumpkin Keg

After you see this fall-tastic pumpkin keg, your holiday table spread just won't seem complete without it. Come on, if this little guy doesn't steal the scene at your next potluck, I don't know what will. Best of all, turning a pumpkin into a keg is actually way easier than turning one into a jack-o-lantern. There's no artistic carving required! All you'll need is a pumpkin, a couple of tools, a beverage spigot and just a little bit of autumn cheer.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin of desired size

  • Sharp knife

  • Metal scoop

  • Beverage spigot (with 16mm diameter connector)

  • Electric drill with 16mm Forstner bit (or see Tip in Step 2)

  • Fabric/paper leaves or other fall-themed adornments (optional)

  • Pushpins (if decorating)

Warning

To ensure maximum freshness, make your pumpkin keg on the same day of the event and fill it with your beverage right before serving. Excess moisture in your pumpkin will make it prone to quick spoilage/molding. Discard right after your event is over.

Step 1

Use your knife to cut out a circle around the stem of your pumpkin. Lift off the stem but don't throw it out, as you'll being using it for your keg's lid.

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Step 2

Using a heavy metal scooper, scrape out all of the stringy pumpkin guts.

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Step 3

Attach a 16mm Forstner bit to an electric drill.

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Drill a hole a few inches from the bottom of the pumpkin. You want to drill it as low as you can without the spout being angled too far downward.

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(Image: Maya Marin)

Tip

Don't have an electric drill? Use a pen to trace around the spigot to create a circular cutting guide on the pumpkin. Use a small bladed knife to cut a hole slightly smaller than the circle you traced in order to ensure a tight fit.

Step 4

Insert the spigot through the hole.

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Fasten it to the inside of the pumpkin by attaching the silicone gasket and nut to the open end of the spigot. If your pumpkin walls exceed the entire length of the spigot, you'll have to carve down the area around the hole from the inside of the pumpkin to reveal enough of the threaded end of the spigot to screw on and tighten the nut. It should look like this from the inside:

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Step 5

Your keg is now ready to use, but if you'd like to gussy up your gourd like we did, use push pins to adorn it with various fall leaves or other decor items. Let your imagination run wild!

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(Image: Maya Marin)

Step 6

Fill it up with your favorite fall beverage. Obviously, we're using a pumpkin, so it's going to lend a hint of flavor to whatever you fill it with. We suggest using a beverage that will compliment it. You can do what we did and mix up a yummy batch of Pumpkin Pie Punch, or fill it with apple juice, hard cider or pumpkin ale. Then, cover with the stem.

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(Image: Maya Marin)
(Image: Maya Marin)

Time to set out your pumpkin keg for all your guests to enjoy! Place at the edge of a table, or lifted up on a cake stand to allow for drink dispensing.

Don't be surprised if your guests nab this fun idea for their own fall soirées!

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