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How to Make Sangria in a Pumpkin Keg

Using a Pumpkin as a Keg for White and Red Wine Sangria

Using a pumpkin as a keg is a great way to add some fun to your next get together.  And making sangria in a pumpkin is just one of the many beverages that you can choose to put into your pumpkin once you’ve tapped it.

Other than whatever booze or non-alcoholic beverage you plan on putting into your pumpkin keg, you’ll need the following materials to make a keg out of a pumpkin:

  •          a decent sized pumpkin
  •          spigot
  •          some type of bucket (which the pumpkin will be placed on for serving purposes)
  •          a knife with a blade narrower than the threads of the spigot
  •          spoon to dig out the insides of the pumpkin

Now that you’ve picked your pumpkin and have all the needed materials, let’s get into the step by step process of making a pumpkin into a keg.

How to Make a Pumpkin Keg

  1. Find a suitable sized pumpkin.   Get a pumpkin that will hold enough liquid to serve the amount of people you plan on having at your shindig.
  2. Clean the pumpkin – as you’ll be using the pumpkin as a serving vessel, you’ll want to wash off the outside of the pumpkin.
  3. Cut out the top – you need to be able to get your hands in there and clean the guts of the pumpkin and all the seeds out so make sure that the hole that you cut on top of your pumpkin is at least 6 inches wide.  NOTE: When you’re cutting the top, make sure that you’re cutting at a 45 degree angle pointing in towards the centre of the pumpkin.  You have to cut on an angle so that the lid of the pumpkin doesn’t fall in on itself.
  4. Once you’ve cleaned out the insides of your pumpkin, it’s time to cut the hole for your spigot.  Place your pumpkin on whatever bucket or holder you have and look for the flattest surface closest to where the pumpkin meets the opening of the bucket.  Once you’ve got your spot, bore a hole through the pumpkin with your knife by spinning it while gently pushing the knife in.  Once you’ve made it through, clear out any extra pumpkin flesh or skin that may be lodged in your newly created hole.
  5. Now screw in the spigot.  Press the threaded end of the spigot hard into the hole you just created and start turning clockwise until the thread catches.  Keep turning until its tight and then turn it until the opening of the tap is facing the ground.
  6. All that’s left now is to add the booze!


[Video Tutorial] How to Make White / Red Wine Sangria in a Pumpkin


Pumpkin Keg White Wine Sangria Recipe

So now we have our pumpkin all tapped and ready to go and all we need to add are the ingredients for our white wine sangria.

White Wine Sangria Recipered wine sangria pumpkin

  • bottle of white wine (we used Moscato in the video)
  • litre of orange juice
  • can of club soda
  • 4 oz vodka (or rum)
  • fruit of your choosing (we used 1 apple, a orange, 1 lemon and frozen blackberries)
  • frozen berries or ice cubes

When you’re making sangria, there are so many variations of recipes out there.  You can use either white or red wine to make sangria and you can use whatever type of fruit you’d like.  And really, the type of juice you add is up to you as well.  There are recipes that call for the addition of other juices like apple or cranberry juice or lime bar mix – as well as other alcohols such as rum or triple sec.

In the end, sangria recipes contain wine, juice and fruit – and usually the addition of some other type of liqueur like triple sec or cointreau.  Use the red and white wine sangria recipe above and tweak it until you find something you really liked – we really liked the recipe above 😉

If you liked the video tutorial on how to make a pumpkin keg sangria, leave us a comment and let us know.  If you’ve tried this yourself, post about it on our Facebook page.


The Great Canadian Beer Festival – Victoria BC – 2014

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GCBF 2014 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

In its 22nd year, the Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) held in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada brings together the very best of North American craft breweries showcasing some of the country’s best craft beers.

With 58 beer booths, there was definitely something for everyone.

If it’s your first time on the beer festival grounds, the first thing you’d likely notice is how well everything has been organized and set up. One of the biggest disappointments for large scale events like this is the usual lack of organization which tends to lead to such things as: running out of water, food or other product, not having enough staff, not enough porta potties, not enough / no security etc.

It was obvious that the people behind the GCBF have been tweaking things year after year and, after 22 years they’ve got everything down pat.  With upwards of 1000 volunteers and over 10,000 beer lovers in attendance at the 2014 Great Canadian Beer Festival, you couldn’t have asked for a better time – beautiful weather, beautiful people and great tasting brews.  What more could you ask for?

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Don’t miss next years 2015 Great Canadian Beer Festival!