10 Refreshing and Simple to Make Drinks for Kids

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Making interesting, fun kids’ drinks is often overlooked when it comes to parties or picnics.  This is usually because the simple, quick solution is to throw a bunch of juice boxes or cans of soda into a cooler of ice and call it a day.  If you’d like to include the kids in the festivities and create a fancy drink for them as well, consider these 10 choices.

  1. Shirley Temple. This drink has been around for over 50 years and can be mixed for one child or for many.  For 10 to 12 kids pour 2 liters of lemon-lime soda into a punch bowl.  Mix in 1 ¼ cups of grenadine.  Slice some limes and float them on top of the punch bowl.  Serve punch over ice and garnish with a cherry and a lime wedge.  If you’d like to get fancy you can skewer the fruit with a plastic sword.  (Parents need to beware of giving these little swords to young children.)
  2. Sherbet Punch.  Adults and kids alike love this punch, and you can coordinate the punch with the theme of the party.  Mix ½ gallon of any flavor sherbet and 2 liters of ginger ale into a punch bowl.  Add 1 can of thawed lemonade concentrate.  Float orange slices on top if you went with orange sherbet or raspberries frozen into ice cubes if you went with raspberry sherbet. 
  3. Watermelon Blitz.  Blend this in batches if your blender is not big enough to fit everything in.  Take 8 cups of cubed watermelon, 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of hulled strawberries cut in half, and ½ cup of lemon juice.  Add crushed ice until the drink has a slushy consistency.
  4. Orange Fizz.  In a pitcher, mix together ¾ cup of lemon juice, ¾ of a gallon of orange juice, and 4 cups of tonic water or lemon-lime soda.  Mix ingredients together and add ice to pitcher.  This recipe should serve about 12 kids.
  5. Fresh Fruit Sparkler.  Mix one bottle of cold white sparkling grape juice, ½ cup of thawed apple juice concentrate, 1 teaspoon of lemon extract, 1 can of cold club soda, and 2 cups of cut up fruit.  Serve immediately in a tall glass full of ice.
  6. Orange Blossom.  For one drink take 3 thin slices of orange with the peel on and slightly crush them in the bottom of the glass.  Add some ice to the glass.  Add 2 teaspoons of almond syrup (like you’d flavor coffee with), 2 oz. of lemon-lime soda, 1 oz. of pink grapefruit juice, ½ oz. of lemonade, 1 oz. of seltzer water and 2 dashes of bitters.  Stir ingredients making sure to leave the oranges at the bottom of the glass.
  7. Virgin Pomegranate Bellini. Mix up a batch of simple syrup by mixing 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Allow syrup to cool completely.  For the drink you will add 1 ½ cups of simple syrup to a 2 quart pitcher with 1 cup of ice.  Then add the following ingredients to the pitcher: 1 ¼ cups of unsweetened pomegranate juice and 1 (25 oz) bottle of sparkling water. Mix well.  Garnish the glasses with a slice of lime and some pomegranate seeds if you’d like.
  8. June Bug.  Blend together 3 cups of ginger ale, 4 tablespoons of grenadine, 4 tablespoons of orange juice and 3 scoops of orange sherbet.  Pour into ice filled glasses.
  9. Hawaiian Lemonade.  In a pitcher add 6 oz. of frozen lemonade concentrate, 12 oz. can of chilled apricot nectar, 12 oz. chilled can of unsweetened pineapple juice, ¾ cup of water, and 1 ¼ cups of ginger ale.  Stir together and serve over ice with a paper umbrella.
  10. Better Butter Beer.  Take 2 tablespoons of butterscotch ice cream topping and add it to the bottom of a tall glass.  Mix in a little seltzer water to thin out the butterscotch topping and then continue to fill the glass up with seltzer water until its ¾ full.  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top.
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