Seriously — Stop Buying Kegs

Consider this your party PSA.

Gum Ball Machine Keg

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Backyard barbecues and summer shindigs are so close we can (quite literally) almost taste them. Of course, those iconic grilled mains and summer salads wouldn’t be complete without something delicious to wash them down with. Enter, the homemade keg. These DIY-beauties are fun, festive and made from supplies you already have in the house. Most importantly, they’re filled with large-batch cocktails that your guests can help themselves to over and over again. Get your cups ready!

Gumball Machine Keg (pictured above)

Feeling crafty? You’ll need to bust out the glue gun for this whimsical keg. After securing a large container to a bright red bucket, fill the keg with a crowd-pleasing combo of vodka, orange liqueur and chilled seltzer. Frozen melon balls do double duty with this one: they add the requisite pops of color and keep the cocktail nice and cold.

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Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Think outside the box — the wine box, that is. Use your favorite boxed wine as the “dirt” for these liquor-filled flowerpots, then top the pot with a Styrofoam base and artificial flowers. A decorative ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch to this crowd-pleasing keg.

No party is complete without watermelon — especially when it’s spiked with a sweet rosé and vodka punch. Use an immersion blender to drill a hole in the melon and set aside the puréed juice. You’ll use it later as part of the cocktail!

Food Network Kitchen’s Painkiller Cocktail Keg.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

So nice, we made it twice! Full of rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and nutmeg, this tropical keg will surely live up to its name.

If you ask us, there’s only one thing that can improve a tequila sunrise — fresh watermelon juice! With this lofty display, guests can create a stunning ombré cocktail that’s basically made for Instagram. By the time it’s finished, we’re willing to bet you’ll be seeing double.

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