Who doesn't love sitting by the pool with a fruity cocktail on a hot summer's day? It's hard for us to imagine a better afternoon, but it's pretty much impossible to have a yummy-looking drink in hand without the kids begging for a sip. Make everyone in the family happy by creating one of these delicious mocktails. From smoothies to sangria (all virgin, of course!), we've got you covered.
Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler
This yummy drink balances the sweetness of pineapple juice and fresh strawberries with tart limeade concentrate and fizzy club soda. With a fresh fruit garnish and your feet in the pool, this cooler will get you into Hawaii relaxation mode in no time.
Watermelon Slush Smoothie
Not only does this smoothie take advantage of one of the season's tastiest fruits, but it also provides health benefits galore. The watermelon cleanses and detoxes the body (read: clearer skin!), and the addition of almond milk provides tons of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. All in all, a great way to sneak healthful elements into a yummy summer treat.
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
The kids will feel super fancy when you serve them these pretty drinks--a splash of sparkling water along with special martini glasses makes them seem that much classier. Plus, the fact that the lemonade is homemade means that you get to control the amount of sugar that the little ones are consuming, a vast improvement from pre-made juices.
This clever recipe swaps out sangria's traditional red wine for black tea and pomegranate juice. Add a ton of chopped fruit, too--apples, oranges, lemons, and whatever else is in season--and let it soak up the juice overnight. The kids will love sipping on the fruity concoction, not to mention chomping on the fruit pieces!
Your kids will call you the queen of peaches after you make them this tasty drink. Freshly squeezed peaches and a splash of orange juice and ginger ale combine to make a natural mocktail that pays homage to the in-season fruit.
Pomegranate Blueberry Mocktail
Take advantage of the antioxidants in pomegranates and blueberries with this yummy mocktail. Plus, it's easy to make this into a fun adults-only drink: just add 1 ounce of vodka and 1/2 ounce of pomegranate liqueur for a date night with the hubby or girls' night out.
For a more sophisticated summer drink, introduce your kids to the magic of the mojito. The mint lovers in your family will go wild over this lemony-sweet mocktail.
Okay, this isn't quite a mocktail, but we're still convinced you'll love it, especially if you have a Potterhead in the family. You don't have to trek to Hogwarts to have a taste of JK Rowling's famous butterbeer--here's a recipe for butterscotch soda that'll quench your kids' thirst for all things Harry Potter.
Mango Lime Cooler
This sunny drink will make you feel like you're at the beach, even if you're really just in the backyard. Put on your flip flops, plop yourself into a lawn chair (drink in hand, of course!), and turn on the sprinklers for the kids. You'll be relaxed in no time.
Lime Sherbet Mocktail
Who could resist this pretty pastel mocktail? It's super easy, with lime sherbet as the main ingredient, and it's easy to make in small or large batches depending on the size of your group.
Combine the best berries of the season for this scrumptious drink. The chunks of fruit make it super satisfying, and the mint leaf garnish will wow your little ones.
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