The leaves are changing; the kids are back at school, and football season has started. Autumn brings cooler weather and signals the start of the holiday season. With Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, it's time to start thinking about holiday get-togethers and parties. This year, why not do something that is a little different? Make this Harvest Pumpkin Keg and delight and amaze your guests!
With a little help from celebrations.com, you can make a pumpkin keg or punch bowl that will add to your Halloween or Harvest party. Our pumpkin keg is a simple and easy party idea that will impress your friends and family.
It's time to be a kid again. So grab a crayon, Sharpie, or even a ball point pen and draw a circle around the top of the pumpkin. You will trace around this line with your cutting tool and hollow out the pumpkin to make the keg's lid. Make sure that the hole you draw is big enough for your hand to fit in.
Now it's time to cut the lid. Find a spot along the line you just drew and get your serrated knife, pumpkin carving saw (or you can even use an electric router) and poke a hole in the pumpkin top. Cut along the line all the way around the pumpkin. Now you should be able to remove the top, creating the lid.
Pull off the pumpkin lid. Now it's time to get sloppy and remove the guts of the pumpkin. You can use your hands, a wooden spoon, or even an ice-cream scoop to remove all the stringy pumpkin goo and seeds. It's important to remove all the seeds, as it could clog your spigot once you fill it. The amount of pulp you remove from the pumpkin is up to you. The more you leave inside, the more pumpkin flavor will be added to the beer or beverage.
With the "guts" of the pumpkin removed, you're ready to add the Tomlinson Dispenser Faucet. Determine where you'd like to "tap" the pumpkin, preferably in the bottom third section. Use your pen or marker to outline around the spigot stem. Now that you have an outline, it's time to cut again. Use either a knife or a drill and cut out the hole for the tap. It's better to cut the hole too small and make fine adjustments as you fit the tap into the pumpkin, than to make it too big and have the pumpkin leak. This goes for both the size of the hole and the thickness of the inner wall of the pumpkin. Add the spigot by pressing the faucet into the pumpkin. Take the pumpkin for a trial run before adding your beverage by filling it with water and testing for leaks.
Make sure that your spigot is secure and installed correctly. Once you have checked for leaks, it's time to fill it up with your beverage. Put your pumpkin keg on a flat, secure surface and add your beverage. Place the lid you carved back in place. Now it's time to enjoy a beverage from your pumpkin keg!
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Halloween Pumpkin Punch
2-1/8 pt. apple juice
11-3/4 oz. pineapple juice
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 melon ball scoop
1 pumpkin, with insides removed
Directions: Using the melon scoop, form little balls from the apple and place them in a bowl. Next, push a whole clove into the apple ball, leaving the top of the clove visible. Add the apple juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, apple balls and cinnamon stick into a saucepan over medium heat. Give the mixture a quick stir and allow it to heat for a few minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Once the mixture has cooled, place the punch into the hollowed out pumpkin. It makes a perfect centerpiece at any Halloween party table!
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Maraschino cherries for garnish