How to Fix a Leaking Beverage Dispenser (and Agua de Sandia Recipe!)


How many times have you had to deal with a beverage dispenser that leaked all over the place? I have, plenty of times! It's not pretty, especially when you are hosting a party and you already have 50 other things to deal with. Well believe it or not it is a super easy fix. No more leaks and embarrassing spills, and the best part is that it costs less than $1 and about 30 seconds of your time. 

So what's the secret you may ask? The answer is...a rubber washer. That's right, an inexpensive rubber washer. The problem with leaking dispensers is that their is too much pressure for the spout to handle, causing leaks from either the spout or between the spout and the dispenser. If you use a rubber washer or two (depending on how many you can fit I suppose) to tighten the space between the spout and the dispenser their will no longer be too much pressure and therefore no leaks or spills. Voila! It really does work, I promise, don't give up on your dispenser. 



I got a pack of rubber washers from the gardening section at Wal-Mart that cost less than $1 I believe. So technically each washer cost about 20 cents or so. Make sure you wash it before use and place it between the spout and dispenser as seen in be picture. That's it, easy peasy.


Below I've included a recipe for Agua de  Sandia or Watermelon Punch as pictured. It's really easy and delicious for warm, summer days. Or any day in between. AND it will look fabulous in your newly fixed dispenser. 


Agua de Sandia Recipe (about 20 servings)

1 personal, seedless watermelon
1 1/2 cups sugar

First, cut up the watermelon in small pieces. Fill the blender with about 1 cup of watermelon with equal amounts of water. Blend for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is no longer clumpy. Pour into a container and repeat with the remaining watermelon. Add water as needed. Lastly, add sugar and stir. Add ice and serve right away, or store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you are using this recipe for a smaller pitcher you may want to start by using just half of the watermelon and about 3/4 cup of sugar.

Enjoy! Provecho!

Jennifer

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