- One large pumpkin
- Marker or pencil
- Carving kit
- Plastic or metal spigot(aka tap): *you can get these online, or at hardware stores or beverage supply/distributor businesses. Can be as inexpensive as $15.00 each. They sell nice chrome ones on glassbeveragedispenser.com
- Fall beer, or apple cider iced tea
- Fall/Halloween decorations of your choice to decorate your pumpkin
Step 1: Draw a ring around the top of the pumpkin as a guide to carve the lid. Keep this close to the top of the pumpkin so you optimize the hollowed out space that will hold the beverage.
Step 2: Carve the pumpkin with a carving kit or carving kit or serrated knife.
Step 3: Remove the lid and clean out the pumpkin, removing all seeds out and most of the pulp. It's ok if some pulp remains – it flavors the beverage.
Step 4: Place your spigot. Using your pencil or marker, trace a circle and cut the hole with a fine serrated knife – carving kit works best.
Step 5: Make the hole clean, then pop in your spigot. If your pumpkin is thick, you'll have to thin out the pumpkin's inner wall to fit the spigot properly.
Step 6: Decorate you pumpkin with a fall or Halloween theme.
Step 7: Making sure your spigot is secured, Pour in your Pumpkin Ale or Harvest beer, or a non-alcoholic option such as *apple cider iced tea. Replace pumpkin lid.
• If filling with beer, chill the beer and pour right before serving to keep it cold. You can also set the pumpkin on ice to help keep it cold.
• When using Cider Iced Tea, you can fill pumpkin with ice. • Keep in mind that whatever beverage you choose will absorb the flavor from the pumpkin, so stick to fall beers, ciders, and teas.
Apple Cider Iced Tea Recipe
• 1/2 Gallon of iced tea • 1 cup apple cider, at room temperature or cold. To brewed iced tea add the apple cider, stirring to combine. Serve over ice.