Children look forward to summer for so many reasons. School is out and they have all the playtime their little heart's desire. The front door becomes a revolving door as they run in and out for snacks and toys and drinks! The list goes on and on. Children aren’t aware of how dangerous the heat can be and the effects that it can have on their tiny bodies. It's up to parents to make sure that they stay hydrated in the midst of the summer fun. Water isn’t the only choice! Here is a list of ten drinks to offer kids during the summer.
Lemonade is an all-time favorite, especially in the summer. Many parents worry about the sugar content in the things that their children consume. One of the things that makes lemonade a great summer beverage is that it still tastes fantastic if its made with a sugar-free substitute. Depending on how many lemons or the type of lemon juice that is used, ice can easily water down this cooling beverage. One of the ways to avoid that is to freeze the lemons. This will give the lemonade the consistency of a slushy but even when it melts, it’ll still be flavorful.
9 Arnold Palmer Mocktail
This beverage bears the name of golf great and is heralded as one of the best non-alcoholic drinks for the summer. It's simply a blend of lemonade and another summer favorite, iced tea. It’s often referred to as “half and half.” Another thing that makes this drink perfect for children in the summer is that it is easily modified. Flavor variety can be added by adding flavored syrups, mint and even berries. The variations are unlimited. Still, the original version is enough to make your child’s taste buds happy and quench their thirst. Adding a lemon wedge and umbrella can spruce up presentation.
8 Shirley Temple
Another beverage named after a celebrity, home-made Shirley Temple’s are just as good as any other. Made from simple ingredients, this sparkling drink doesn't take much money or time to make. It's merely soda, made pretty. A blend of sodas and syrup, the combination of citrus fruits and ginger bursts with flavor. The grenadine syrup adds the sweetness of pomegranate and a splash of color. The fact that you don’t have to add sugar to the recipe takes away some of the concern. Garnish the drink with cherries or slices of lemon and lime. This “grown-up” drink will make your little one smile.
7 Cinderella Mocktail
Mocktails are always a great way to go when it comes to adding variety to the drink menu. The taste of tropical fruits is always a winner among children. This drink is a mixture of juices, ginger ale, and grenadine syrup. Lemon, orange and pineapple juice add a citrus-flavored foundation, while the grenadine adds a splash pomegranate that soothes the tanginess. The ginger ale soda adds a sparkle of brightness to the overall tone of the beverage. With ice and some fruit slices for garnish, children will fall in love with the summer mocktail boasting the name of a fairytale princess.
6 Fruit Water
To parents, water is the best thing for children to drink during the summer months. Children, on the other hand, tend to act like water is the worst thing in the world. Fruit water is the perfect compromise. All it requires is fresh fruit, water and a few herbs for added flavor. Some of the best fruits to use are lemons, oranges, berries, and pineapple. Believe it or not, some vegetables are just as good when infusing water, like cucumber. Try different variations and eventually, you’ll come across a recipe that is sure to win the heart of any little one.
5 Sangria Mocktail
Sangria is usually made with some type of alcohol. This sangria mocktail is kid-friendly because it's alcohol-free. A combination of a variety of grapes and citrus fruits soaked in punch results in a summer beverage that everyone will love. Adding a splash of sparkling cider or grape juice will give the drink a flavor boost that children will go crazy for. The gauge sugar content of your sangria mocktail by opting for 100 percent juice when you can. Here’s an added bonus! When the pitcher is empty, the children will have fruit wedges that are filled with the punch’s juices.
4 Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
Everyone already knows that lemonade is one of the best drinks for the summer season. Not only is it refreshing, but it's also made for variety. An ordinary lemonade recipe can be transformed by adding fresh, frozen strawberries! The strawberries also act as a sweetener which means there’s no need to add sugar to the recipe. Strawberries aren’t the only berry that steps up the lemonade game. This recipe can be made with raspberries, blueberries or whatever berry suits your fancy. If frozen fruit is used, it's best to reduce the amount of ice by one cup. This will help maintain the flavors.
3 Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon is a favorite when it comes to summer fruits. Why not take the flavorful juice and kick it up a notch by making a watermelon smoothie. It's too easy to water down the flavor of watermelons. Instead of making this smoothie with ice, freezing the watermelon prior to making this summer drink will thicken the consistency and maintain the flavor. A combination of frozen watermelon chunks, milk (soy or almond milk is fine) and yogurt, it's best to sweeten this smoothie with maple syrup. Adding a little mint will boost the natural flavor of the watermelon. Mint is also very refreshing and invigorating!
2 Mexican Strawberry Water (Agua de Fresa)
The name of this drink translates to “fresh water.” It's simple and easy to make. Although sugar is used in the recipe, the strawberries also add a level of sweetness. Gauge how much sugar to use by how ripe the strawberries are. A little lime or lemon juice creates another layer of flavor. The pureed strawberries make a smoothie-like texture. On extra hot days, this drink can be served as a frozen treat to beat the heat. For an extra refreshing version of Agua de Fresca, throw in a sprig of mint or add a small amount of mint syrup.
It's Harry Potter to the rescue. Butterbeer is a beverage that gained popularity in the awesome, imaginary world of wizards, witches, and warlocks. Although this recipe isn’t as simple as others on the list, children will love it! This drink, no matter which recipe is used, boasts the beautiful flavors of butterscotch and cream soda. Some recipes call for the use of condensed milk. Served cold or frozen, it's definitely a summer drink that children will want to share with their friends. Be sure to make a batch big enough so that they can spread some of the magic around.