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Watermelon Keg

Updated: Monday, May 27 2013, 09:02 AM CDT

Hy-Vee dietitian Alicia Aguiar was "In the Kitchen" with a watermelon keg and recipes for some refeshing summer drinks!

Watermelon Wow with your Hy-Vee Dietitian on FOX-28 TV Morning News 5-27-2013

Alicia Aguiar, MS, RD, LD

Hy-Vee Dietitian

First Avenue Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids & Marion Hy-Vee Drug Stores

319-364-4196  aaguiar@hy-vee.com


Alicia Aguiar, Registered Dietitian at the First Avenue Hy-Vee Food Store and Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Drugstores, will show viewers how to make Memorial Day memorable with a watermelon keg.   The watermelon keg may be filled with delicious Agua Fresca, a naturally sweetened and refreshing beverage, dispensed directly from the watermelon.



Watermelon Keg

All you need:

1 medium-large oval or oblong watermelon (seeded or seedless)
Chef’s knife
Cutting board
Green dry erase marker or ¾- to 1-inch-thick painter’s trim tape
Channel knife (can use top of a vegetable peeler as alternative)
Large bowl & spoon or scoop
Apple corer
Spigot (from beer-making supply company)
Twine & straight pins

All you do:

1.       Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.

2.       On a cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and cut off ¼ to ½ inch from both ends, being careful not to cut too deeply into the white part of the rind. One side will provide a sturdy base.

3.       Use dry erase marker or painter’s tape to make a thick band on the upper third and lower third of the watermelon that will represent the metal bands around a barrel or keg. Use the channel knife to trim away a thin line to represent those metal bands.

4.       Hollow out the watermelon with a spoon or scoop, reserving the watermelon pieces and juice to make your favorite watermelon beverage. Be sure to leave about 2 inches of watermelon flesh toward the bottom of the watermelon so the spigot can be inserted into the watermelon.

5.       Use an apple corer to cut a circle for your spigot to fit through the watermelon rind, placing it about 2-3 inches above the bottom of the watermelon. Screw the spigot into place.

  1. For added detail, carefully pin twine in your lines you’ve made to represent the metal bands around the barrel/keg. Be careful that the pins do not poke through into the barrel/keg.
  2. Place the barrel/keg on a saucer or plate and fill with your favorite watermelon beverage recipe.


Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca, a Spanish term for water refreshments, is popular in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  These refreshing beverages are made from fruits blended with sugar and water to make a non-alcoholic beverage. Watermelon is naturally sweet, so a minimal amount of additional sugar is required. Try substituting Splenda or the like for a calorie cut!

All you need:

1 cup finely chopped watermelon
7 cups coarsely chopped watermelon
6 cups watermelon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 large lime, juiced

Mint leaves (as garnish)

Cold water and ice, as needed

All you do:

Combine all ingredients in a large serving pitcher or watermelon keg.   Add cold water or ice to dilute as needed.  Garnish with watermelon wedges, lime wedges and mint.   

Makes 12 8-ounce services.  Calories: 78  Carbs: 20 grams  Fat: 0  Sodium: 0

Source: www.watermelon.org

Alicia Aguiar represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert working throughout the community to promote healthy eating and nutrition. Alicia is a Registered Dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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