The Long Weekend Watermelon Keg
Gawd, don’t ya just love the weekends?! We especially love them when they’re nice and long. In case you’ve never looked at a calendar, this Monday is a holiday. Don’t go to work. You’re welcome.
If you’re unlike us, you’ll be spending your time camping, or doing something typically Canadian like frolicking in nature and barbecuing things. If you are like us, you’ll be hanging out in your backyard thinking about how great it is that you can access your shower on the reg’, and that your bed isn’t made of a sleeping bag.
The beauty of this watermelon keg is that it’s a crowd-pleaser, no matter your location. In the School House Booze test kitchen we gave this theory a whirl in October with a pumpkin keg and it proved to be true – it brought our party hosting skills up a notch!
Now get to work. This is your only job this weekend!
1 Medium, Seedless Watermelon – make sure you get one that can stand upright
8 oz of Vodka – we used Absolut
1 tbsp Edible Lavender
4 tbsp of Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
1 pkg of Mint (approximately 5 bunches)
Spigot (a little spout, like the one on a water cooler. Grab one like this for $6.49 at Canadian Tire)
2 Large bowls
After you’ve given your watermelon a nice washing with lotsa’ soap, cut a hole at the top, leaving enough room for your hand to fit inside.
With a large spoon, scrape out the insides and place into a bowl, making sure that inside walls of the watermelon are smooth and clean (any lumps will only clog the spigot). Think jack-o-lanterns at Halloween style. Tip any extra liquid into the bowl.
On the outside of the watermelon, line up your spigot in a downwards angle, about 1.5 inches from the bottom.
Press the spigot against the watermelon to create a mark. Using a narrow knife, cut a hole slightly smaller than the marking. Be sure not to make the hole too big, otherwise you’ll have a free flowing watermelon cocktail everywhere! There’s no turning back then!
Using a turning motion, screw your spigot into the opening on a downward angle (so the cocktail can flow into the opening). This will take a bit of elbow grease but we think you can handle it.
Okay, now let’s craft the tasty part! In a blender, combine the frozen lemonade concentrate, mint, lavender, and the watermelon juice. Blend for a minute until smooth and green.
We’re going to do the next step in two parts because most blenders can’t handle a full watermelon (and then some!) at once. Remove 50% of the blended liquid and set aside. Add half of the watermelon chunks to the blender. Blend until smooth. Strain into a bowl.
Remember that liquid that we set aside? Combine it with the rest of the watermelon chunks and blend until smooth. Strain into the same bowl.
Now you have a confusing little mixture. It looks like chunky bruschetta but it smells like bubblegum that Hubba Bubba should have made. To get rid of the chunks, pass the mixture through the strainer a second time, mashing the mush that gets left behind with the back of a spoon to get every last drop of goodness.
Time to add the vodka! Watermelon sizes vary; for every cup of liquid, add one ounce of vodka. We had eight cups so we added 8 ounces of vodka.
Give the mixture a good swirl then, making sure the spigot is closed, pour the mixture into your beautiful watermelon.
Now you have a keg. Perfect for the long weekend, a weeknight, an afternoon or to be perched on the ledge of your tub during a bubble bath.