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12 Drinks to Make with the Kids This Summer

Cool off this summer with these fruity and fizzy drinks you can make and enjoy with your kids!


Looking for a refreshing way to hit the sweet spot with the kids this summer? Whether you're poolside or just trying to wait out a rainy day, these just-for-kids drink recipes are super-satisfying. 

1. Strawberry Iced Tea Slushie

This delicious, all-natural recipe is a great healthy option for a sweet treat to serve your kids.  All you need to do is brew some tea, chill it and add ice and strawberries!


  • 8 bags of hibiscus tea (such as Red Zinger) or green tea

  • 1 pound frozen strawberries

  • 2 cups ice cubes

Full recipe at: Woman's Day


2. Grapefruit-Pineapple Soda

For a bubbly summer drink that satisfies your sweet tooth, try this tangy soda recipe.Use fresh pineapple and grapefruit for the most delicious results.


  • 2 pink grapefruits

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups pineapple chunks

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 0.13 teaspoon salt

  • Seltzer

Full recipe at: Woman's Day


3. Bubblegum Cream Slush

Instead of going to an ice cream parlor for this gourmet dessert drink, make it at home with your kids (who are sure to love the sweet spin). They’ll enjoy helping you decorate with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.


  • 2 cups of ice cubes

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 package of Duncan Hines Flavor Creation - any flavor

Full recipe at: The Tip Toe Fairy


4. Sparkling Peach Lemonade

Add some sparkle to your lemonade by making this refreshing peach drink.  Use ripe lemons and peaches to give this beverage bold flavors and colors.


  • 4 ripe fresh peaches, sliced

  • 3 lemons, sliced

  • 1 large container raspberry lemonade

  • 1 bottle sparkling water or club soda

  • 3 lemons, juiced

  • Ice

Full recipe at: The Chic Site


5. “Ocean” Water

Have a beach-themed birthday bash coming up? Serve these cheerful drinks that are simple to make. Just add blue food coloring and a gummy fish candy to make “ocean water” that will delight your kids and their friends!


  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

  • 3 drops blue food coloring

  • 2 (12-ounce) cans lemon-lime soda

  • Gummy fish candy (ex: Swedish fish)

Full recipe at: Fake Ginger


6. Watermelon Key Lime Slushie

This tasty recipe combines the flavors of tart lime and sweet watermelon into one mouthwatering slushie that kids will love, especially after spending a hot summer day playing outside.


  • 3 cups watermelon (cut in cubes)

  • 6-8 key limes

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 cups ice

  • Salt (optional)

Full recipe at: Simplistically Living


7. Apple Orange Peach Slushie

This all-natural recipe is just as tasty as it is healthy.  No need to add any extra sugar; the apples and oranges pack this drink full of natural sweetness.


  • 2 cups SunRype Apple Orange Peach Juice

  • 1 orange peeled

  • 1 apple washed and cored

  • 2-4 cups ice cubes (depending on desired level of ice content)

Full recipe at: Family Food and Travel


8. Orange Creamsicle Float

Pass on your own favorite childhood dessert to your kids with this classic summer drink.  They’ll love helping you scoop the ice cream almost as much as devouring this feel-good sweet treat.


  • 2 small scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream

  • Good quality orange soda

  • Whipped cream

Full recipe at: Noshing with the Nolands

9. Watermelon Lemonade

This new rendition of a classic lemonade recipe will be even sweeter by adding fresh watermelon.


  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon, chilled (2 pounds after peeling)

  • 4 cups cold water

  • 3/4 cup fresh strained lemon juice, chilled

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (more or less to taste)

  • Ice and fresh mint for serving

Full recipe at: Cooking Classy


10. Captain America Drink

Your Marvel-obsessed kids will love this creative superhero drink that’s equal parts fizzy and fun! This patriotic drink could be a perfect addition to your Fourth of July barbecue as well.


  • 1 can of cherry Sprite

  • 1 oz of Grenadine

  • 1/4 cup of Pina colada mix

  • 1 cup of blueberry Koolaid (Koolaid water flavoring squirt bottle)

Full recipe at: A Worthy Read


11. Shirley Temple

This simple recipe will take you less than five minutes to make, yet it looks beautiful and tastes incredible. Simply combine all ingredients together, pour into mason jars or decorative glasses, and garnish with cherries and limes.


  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup ginger ale

  • ½ cup lime soda

  • 2 tablespoons of grenadine

  • slices of lime for garnish

  • maraschino cherries with stems for garnish

Full recipe at: This Little Piglet


12. Raspberry Sherbet Punch

This refreshing pink drink is perfect for summer.  Add some extra raspberries or lemons as garnishes for that special touch.


  • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda (ex: Sprite)

  • ½ gallon raspberry sherbet

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Full recipe at: Baking Beauty


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