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How to Make a Pumpkin Keg for the Ultimate Fall Party

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Sure, you can carve out the inside of a pumpkin and turn it into a punch bowl, or punchkin, if you will—or you can go 110 percent by tapping it directly and transforming your pumpkin into a keg. This festive DIY is a super simple and fun way to serve booze at your fall party, and it only requires buying a basic spigot tap. Now, unlike a keg, the inside of the pumpkin will impart a pumpkin-y flavor on the beverage, so it’s important to play off that taste with a pumpkin-flavored or Oktoberfest-style beer, or even better, our Pumpkin Bourbon Halloween Punch, which combines whiskey with apricot brandy, sparkling apple cider, pumpkin purée and a homemade pumpkin spice syrup. Either way, your pumpkin keg is guaranteed to make your autumn soirée or Halloween rager one to remember.

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Tools:

  • Serrated knife (or pumpkin-carving kit)
  • Large spoon
  • 1 pen or marker
  • 1 spigot tap

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large-sized pumpkin, with a stable base that can stand upright on its own.
  • 1 six-pack of beer or punch

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Step One:

Carve a circle on the top of the pumpkin to create a lid. Set aside.

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Step Two:

Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and seeds with a spoon and discard—or use it for pumpkin cocktails and bar snacks.

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Step Three

A little more than two-thirds of the way down the pumpkin in the center (high enough to get a cup or glass under, but low enough so that the punch flows into the tap), trace the spigot with a pen or marker to create a perfect circle so that the spigot fits tightly.

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Step Four

Use your knife to cut out the circle, or, if the pumpkin is not particularly big or hard, you may be able to jam the spigot into the pumpkin without cutting.

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Step Five

Fill the pumpkin with pumpkin beer or pumpkin punch from the top.

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Step Six

Dispense your chosen beverage and enjoy. Keep in mind that this isn’t a pressurized keg. Carbonated beer will go flat after an extended period of time—so drink up!

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