Summer Drinks for Kids

Mocktails, Smoothies, and Old-Fashioned Lemonades

Easy Rosemary Lemonade with Tequila Cocktail Recipe
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These summer drinks are a refreshing way for the kids to cool off and a fun cooking activity, too. Just about all of these recipes are easy enough for the kids to make themselves. Try them all, and feel free to mix and match items to create a "signature" drink that kids can share with family and friends!  

While these drinks are kid-friendly, there's no reason why you shouldn't serve a mocktail or two at an adult gathering. Many adults prefer not to drink alcohol for a variety of reasons, but that doesn't mean they should be forced to drink water or nothing! 

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    Orange Creamsicle Smoothies

    Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
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    Have you ever had one of those creamsicles from the ice cream trucks in the summer? This smoothie tastes just like that. It's sweet and citrusy and creamy and altogether refreshing, like summer in a glass.

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    Lemonade Recipe

    mason jars of lemonade
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    We may be living in a text-happy, Facebook-loving world, but kids still like to set up lemonade stands. And when they do, they might as well sell the good stuff. This recipe is made with only real lemons, sugar, and water. 

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    Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

    Strawberry Milkshake
    Mia Mueller-Schoel

    This is an old-fashioned milkshake, made with fresh strawberries, sugar, milk, and vanilla ice cream.

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    Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

    Watermelon Smoothie

    The Spruce

    Nothing says summer quite like sitting on the porch eating watermelon. This smoothie is light and refreshing, and because you'll freeze the watermelon before making this smoothie, it has a thick and milkshake-like texture. 

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    Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

    Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
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    Elvis isn't the only one who likes the combination of peanut butter, bananas, and honey. This smoothie recipe is thick and rich, like a milkshake. Kids will love it!

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    Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

    Frozen Strawberry Lemonade made Sugar Free!
    Brenda Bennett

    Fresh strawberries make this recipe incredibly sweet. This frozen lemonade is perfect for those sweltering summer days.

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    Oreo Milkshake Recipe

    An oreo milkshake with two straws

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    Why go out to an expensive ice cream shop for milkshakes when it is so easy to make them at home. This recipe is also great for a special dessert or even for an after-school snack.

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    Lemon Blueberry Smoothies

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     Lemon and blueberry are such a natural pairing, it's easy to see why this smoothie is such a hit with everyone who tries it. And the best part is this drink is super healthy, but the kids don't have to know that. All they will notice is how great it tastes.

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    Mango Julius Mocktail

    Mango Julius
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    Made with fresh or frozen mango juice, along with a generous scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream, this recipe is indulgent, refreshing, and delicious. Even adults will enjoy it!

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    Sangria Mocktail

    Basic Sangria

    The Spruce

    A non-alcoholic sangria is a perfect addition to a summer party. Fruit soaking in a flavorful beverage is something that kids love and looks so festive and pretty.

Creating a Signature Drink with Kids

Kids love experimenting, and you can't go wrong by combining different fruits, juices, ice creams, and flavored seltzers. Let the kids go wild with a non-alcoholic "drink bar," and call it a party! Once they've come up with the perfect drink, help them write down the recipe and give their drink a special name.