Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks

10 Refreshing Drink Recipes Just for Kids

Why buy packaged lemonade or expensive smoothies when you can let the kids cool off with one of these refreshing non-alcoholic summer drinks you make yourself? The nice thing about these recipes is they are quick to prepare and easy enough for kids to make if they want to.

And because these drinks are homemade, you can control the quality of the ingredients (frozen organic fruit is a favorite of mine) and the amount of sugar.

  • 01 of 10
    Pina coladas
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    Serve the kids something special at your next party or picnic. This virgin pina colada recipe is just as rich and full of flavor as the regular version, even the adults may want to drink this one.
  • 02 of 10
    Lemonade
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    Have the kids set up a lemonade stand on a hot summer day. With this natural lemonade recipe, they'll have customers coming in droves. It's so much better than the powdered stuff!
  • 03 of 10

    Peach Smoothie Recipe

    Peach smoothie
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    This recipe tastes like peach pie or peach cobbler in a glass. It's sweet and frosty, like a milkshake, but has that wonderful peaches and cream flavor that tastes like summer. The best part is you don't have to wait for peaches to be in season to make this drink, because you can use frozen peaches, available all year long!
  • 04 of 10

    Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

    Raspberry smoothie
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    This fruity smoothie has just five ingredients, but it is rich with flavor. With just a hint of chocolate, this is one of those summer drinks you can serve for breakfast, a snack or dessert. Be sure to use frozen fruit to get that icy, milkshake-like texture.
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  • 05 of 10

    Pink Yink Ink Drink Recipe

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    Planned a kids' birthday party with a Dr. Seuss theme? Or just want to have some fun with the kids? This pink yink ink drink is a great way to make one of kids' favorite books come alive. And the drink isn't bad either. I make this strawberry drink on Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2). The kids love it!
  • 06 of 10

    Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

    frozen hot chocolate
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    If you've ever had the famous frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 in New York, you know how great this drink is. It is based on that incredible recipe, and I have to say, it really lives up to its billing. There is no better way to top this drink than with a nice large dollop of homemade whipped cream.

  • 07 of 10

    Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

    Strawberry shake
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    The nice thing about making milkshakes is you don't really have to measure the ingredients. Start by following the measurements given, but feel free to improvise. This drink would also taste great with a little chocolate sauce blended in.
  • 08 of 10
    Oreo milkshake
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    Skip the trip to the fancy ice cream parlor. With this easy milkshake recipe, you can have great-tasting milkshakes at home in a flash (at a fraction of the cost). Kids love making this recipe, too!

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  • 09 of 10

    Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

    Strawberry lemonade
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    This isn't just a strawberry-flavored lemonade. It has a bit of sparkle to it, too, thanks to the addition of club soda. It tastes almost like a strawberry lemonade soda. And since it's homemade, you get to control the amount of sugar that goes in this drink.
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    Chocolate and strawberries
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    As tasty as a chocolate strawberry milkshake, but as healthy as any homemade smoothie, this recipe is one you will want to make again and again.