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Creative summer drink recipes for kids

Updated on January 1, 2014

Adults often have cook-outs and parties in the summer that include an array of beverage options. However, many people do not think about creative drinks for the kids. Instead, party hosts simply pile soda cans in a cooler, and possibly make a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade.

This summer, include the kids with some colorful, easy to make recipes that are sure to please! Most of the recipes are low in calories, but a few may have a high content of sugar. As always, ingredients can be substituted to fit dietary needs.

Have fun and let the kids help. These recipes are simple, and would provide a great way to bond with the kids. To go the extra step, help boost your child's self-esteem by allowing them to present/explain the drink at the party, or share a story about making it!

Shirley Temple

A classic creation!

To serve 10-12 kids, you will need:

  • 2 liters of lemon-lime flavored soda
  • 1 1/4 cup grenadine
  • 1 lime
  • 12 Cherries

In a punch bowl or pitcher, mix the lemon-lime flavored soda with grenadine.

I usually cut the lime into wheels or wedges, squeeze lightly over the bowl/pitcher (to mix in some lime juice), and then drop the limes directly into the mix.

Add ice, and pour into glasses. I use highball glasses, which are 8-12 oz.

Garnish with a cherry in each glass. This can be done either by dropping the cherry on top, or using a plastic pick/sword to spear the cherry and place in the glass.

Make sure to supervise children if you do decide to use any type of plastic or wooden utensil to garnish a drink!

Other garnish options:

  • A toothpick umbrella
  • Lime wedge
  • Lemon wedge

Party Punch

Another favorite among the kids. Ice cream and soda... cannot go wrong with this one!

To serve 10-12 kids, you will need:

  • 1/2 gallon rainbow sherbet
  • 2 liter of ginger ale

Place the rainbow sherbet in a punch bowl, and pour the ginger ale on top. Add ice as desired. Ready to serve. This recipe can easily be changed; get creative, using different flavors of sherbet & soda!

Garnish ideas:

  • Orange wheels
  • Cherries

Watermelon strawberry crush

Made with fresh fruit, this concoction is rich in flavor, color, and fun!

To serve 8-10 kids, you will need:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup sugar (white)
  • 8 cups cubed watermelon (seeded or unseeded)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 2 cups water

Pour/put all ingredients into a blender. Add ice, and blend until it is a slushy-like consistency (like an icee). The ice should be chopped enough that you do not see any chunks at first glance. Ready to serve.

Garnish ideas:

  • Strawberry (slit the strawberry slightly, and you slide it directly onto the rim of the glass)
  • Lemon wheel/wedge
  • Watermelon slice

Banana Bonkers

This recipe is easy to manipulate and change, aside from the bananas of course!

To serve 10-12 kids, you will need:

  • 4 cups of sherbet (typically lemon)
  • 1 1/2 liters of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 6 bananas
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Put sherbet and grapefruit juice into a punch bowl or pitcher. Puree the bananas, and add to the mix. Then, add the crushed ice. Ready to serve.

Garnish ideas:

  • 2 banana slices (can slit to slide onto the rim of the glass)
  • Grapefruit wheel/wedge
  • Lemon wheel/wedge

Orange Fizz

A simple drink packed with flavor.

To make as a punch/pitcher to serve 12 kids, you will need:

  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cup tonic water
  • 3/4 gallon orange juice

Mix all ingredients in a bowl or pitcher. Stir and add ice. Ready to serve.

For more fizz, substitute sprite or ginger ale for the tonic water.

Garnish ideas:

  • Slice of orange
  • Slice of lemon
  • 2 cherries


Have fun with these recipes! Get the kids in the kitchen with you, and experiment. Using basic ingredients, you can make countless drinks.

Make drinks pretty with a garnish. Such a simple touch, a garnish makes the drink aesthetically pleasing, appealing to the kids, and adds another serving of fruit without drawing attention to it!

Feel free to add a comment including your favorite summer drink recipe for kids, or suggestions to improve or change the recipes listed above.


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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      I love adding an umbrella and a piece of fruit to a drink- nicely done!

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      Anoushka 5 years ago

      I know it's amazing

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I know, right!? We're just getting into winter weather here in OH.

      Just keeping thinking "warm sun on a sandy beach". =]

      Thank you for reading & commenting!!

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      fourplusanangel 6 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, what great recipes, now to wait for warm weather again so I can make a few of them.

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      haha I understand! A silly quirk of mine is that I sometimes ask friends to get lemon with their water just so that I can eat it. =]

      Thanks for taking the time to read this article, and comment. I'm sure I'll speak with you again in the near future, as I am very interested in the topics that you touch on!

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Wow, these are great recipes. I'll have to try them out. I especially like banana one. Shirley Temples have been a favorite of mine ever since I was a child, and I still order them sometimes, which usually gets some laughs from people I'm with, but I don't mind!

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thank you!! Let me know how they turn out! =] Enjoy.

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      Ashley M 6 years ago

      Awesome Hub! I'll definitely be trying out a few of these this summer!

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Melody- Thanks for the comment. I hope you have fun w/ them, and find something that you like! =]

      Shais - Good question! Grenadine is a cherry-flavored syrup that you can buy at most grocery food stores. Some restaurants use it to make cherry coke/pepsi. =]

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      shais 6 years ago

      i liked ur drinks looks yummy but in ur shirely temple what is grenadine pls let me

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      melodyandes 6 years ago

      Cool! Kids will surely love it and I myself too can't resist to taste it too.

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thank you both for commenting!

      Jeannie, I agree, and think that this article could even be titled "Summer drinks for everyone".

      Kafsoa, go for it; indulge! They're somewhat healthy, but oh-so-delicious.

      I hope that you both enjoy a nice, relaxing drink in the sun soon! =]

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Wow! amazing recipes! I'll pretend that I'm trying them for my kids but sure you know who will have a share ;)

      Excellent hub, rated up and awsome!

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These drinks look really great. I am an adult, but I would certainly be willing to try some of them.