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Summer "Mocktails" for Kids of All Ages


by Janet Lynch

Summer time brings out the fun in all of us - and certainly along with that comes the craving for cool and tasty drinks. Yet, while mixed-drink cocktails may fit the bill in some instances, it is sometimes nice to enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage or "mocktail" with the kids.

Kids love to play "grown-up," at times, so allowing them to partake in the party with their very own drinks can be fun - while at the same time even providing them with fruity - and somewhat healthy - refreshments.

Non-alcoholic "mocktails" can be just as beautifully created - and they can be equally as delicious as the "real thing" yet without the possibility of a hangover the next morning. Therefore, by enjoying the taste without the alcohol, some may even say that drinking mocktails is the best of both worlds.

Berry Sweetheart
One summer favorite kiddie-cocktail is the berry sweetheart. This tasty mixture includes 3 ounces of red cranberry juice, 3 ounces of apple juice, and 1 ounce of honey all mixed together and served chilled. You can even add a maraschino cherry on top for fun!

Watermelon Slush
What better time than summer to serve a watermelon slush? This cool delight is a favorite for both kids and adults alike - and rightly so! To mix this tasty thirst quencher, start with roughly half a dozen ice cubes and 2 cups of seeded watermelon.

Place the ice in a blender and pulse until crushed. Then, simply add the watermelon along with a touch of honey into the blender until you have a slushy refreshment. You may also want to garnish the serving glass with an additional watermelon wedge for a great presentation.

Unfuzzy Navel
Another wonderfully tasting favorite is the distant cousin of the fuzzy navel, the unfuzzy navel! For those who love peaches and pineapples, this is a true delight. To get this mocktail underway, start with 3 ounces of peach nectar and 3 ounces of orange juice. You will also want to add 3 ounces of pineapple juice along with a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Once you have all ingredients, combine in a shaker that is roughly half filled with ice and shake. For an even tastier effect, you could add in a dash of grenadine. In any case, your guests will likely be back for seconds.

Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
For the strawberry lovers in the group, you must offer the virgin strawberry daiquiri. By combining one quarter cup of strawberries with 1 ounce of orange juice, 1 ounce of lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of sugar, you will have a real treat. A dash of grenadine can also be added here.

After combining all in a blender with ice, pour into a chilled glass and serve - but not before you dip the rim of the serving glass in sugar. This can be an especially tasty treat for the kids - and could even be substituted for a dessert.

Concord Cow
And speaking of dessert, how about mixing up a concord cow? This masterpiece includes scooping some vanilla ice cream into a glass and then adding an equal mix of concord grape juice and lemon-lime soda over the ice cream. Yum!

Fruity Punch
Most kids love fruit punch - especially at summer parties. This easy to make mocktail includes 2 cups of frozen cranberry juice, 2 cups of oranges, 2 cups of pineapple juice, and 6 cups of water. To this mixture, you will add 4 liters of ginger ale. Once mixed together, you have a nice cool fruit punch that all can enjoy.

Peanut Butter Frappe
For those who prefer non-cocktail drink versions, you may opt for a peanut butter frappe. This yummy summer drink treat entails mixing one-quarter cup of peanut butter with 1 cup of milk. Then, pour chocolate syrup into the glass while also slowly adding in seltzer. Voila - you now have a great dessert drink for all!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Another summer favorite non-cocktail is the famous Vietnamese ice coffee. This refreshing combination includes pouring 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk over ice. Next, stir in 1 cup of cooled but strong coffee. This drink can be especially beneficial for those who may need to drive home after your summer get-together and are in need of that quick second wind.

As an alternate, you could also offer a peach-ginger iced tea. Here, simply mash 6 canned peach halves with 1 and ½ cups of the accompanying peach juice. By adding in 1/3 cup of sugar and one tablespoon of grated ginger, all you need is ice and you are ready to roll!

Janet Lynch is a published writer and blogger in the health industry. She also is passionate about delivery diets and other simple dietary solutions.

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