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15 Popular And Easy Recipes Of Mocktails For Kids

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Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages and common alternatives to alcoholic drinks (1). The pleasant taste, refreshing flavors, and appealing presentation of mocktails would attract children and teens effortlessly.

As a parent, you can tweak mocktail recipes to make them suitable and healthy for children. This post shares some quick-to-prepare, refreshing, and healthy mocktail recipes for children and teens.

15 Popular And Easy Mocktail Recipes For Children

Below are some simple and easy mocktail recipes free from zero-nutrient ingredients, like white sugar and soda (2) (3).

1. Watermelon slush

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It is a hydrating and nutrient-rich drink perfect to beat the scorching heat in summers.

You will need:
  • 1 cup watermelon (deseeded and cubed)
  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-5 mint sprigs (chopped)
How to prepare:
  1. Freeze the watermelon cubes overnight.
  2. Blend the watermelon cubes with almond milk into a smooth liquid.
  3. Pour in a serving glass, garnish with chopped mint sprigs, and serve with mini club sandwiches.

2. Rosemary blueberry smash

Rosemary blueberry smash

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This flavorful bright-colored refreshing drink is an all-season favorite among children and teens.

You will need:
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 2tsp manuka honey
  • 3tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup ice cubes
How to prepare:
  1. Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and gently press the blueberries and rosemary with the back of a spoon to release juices.
  2. Now add some ice and shake the cocktail shaker vigorously for seven to eight minutes.
  3. Once the blueberries and rosemary sprig are well bruised, strain the juice into a serving glass, add some fresh ice, and serve immediately.

3. Shirley temple

Shirley temple

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It is a refreshingly flavorsome beverage with mild sweet and tangy cherry flavor.

You will need:
  • 1/2oz. cocktail cherry juice
  • ¼ fl.oz. fresh lime juice
  • oz. ginger ale
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries (for garnish)
  • ½ cup ice cubes
How to prepare:
  1. Take a Collins glass, fill it half with ice cubes, and add cocktail cherry juice, lime juice, and ginger ale by stirring gently.
  2. Garnish with two skewered maraschino cherries and serve immediately.

4. Strawberry lemonade

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A delightful lemon-flavored drink usually served with summer salads and casseroles.

You will need:
  • 1 cup of ginger ale
  • 1 cup of fresh lemonade
  • 3 strawberries (finely chopped)
  • 1 strawberry (thinly sliced, for garnish)
  • ½ cup ice cubes
How to prepare:
  1. Put lemonade, ginger ale, finely chopped strawberry, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake everything well for at least five to seven minutes.
  2. Pour the mix into a cocktail glass, garnish with strawberry slices, and serve immediately.

5. Non-alcoholic sangria

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It is a vitamin and mineral-rich drink with refreshing natural citrus flavors.

You will need:
  • 1 cups grape juice
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp lime juice
  • oz. canned apple juice concentrate (frozen and thawed)
  • ½ orange (sliced)
  • ½ lime (sliced)
  • 1 apple (cored and chopped)
  • 1 cup strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 cup water
How to prepare:
  1. Put grape juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and apple juice concentrate in a pitcher.
  2. Add orange, lime, apple, and strawberry slices and give a quick stir.
  3. Add water and keep in the refrigerator for an hour.
  4. Serve chilled with a grilled chicken sandwich or hearty green salad.

6. Pineapple orange mocktail

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A mildly sweet, refreshing drink loaded with the goodness of vitamin C.

You will need:
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1tsp honey
  • 1tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
How to prepare:
  1. Put crushed ice in a cocktail shaker and pour pineapple and orange juice over the ice.
  2. Add honey and cilantro, and shake the mixture thoroughly for five minutes.
  3. Serve immediately with sandwiches, rolls, salads, or casseroles.

7. Bulldog buster

Bulldog buster

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It is a delightful, mixed flavor drink with a punch of sweet, sour, and tangy flavors.

You will need:
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ cup ice cubes
How to prepare:
  1. Add all the ingredients in a medium-sized pitcher and stir them well.
  2. Pour the mixture into a wine glass, add some ice cubes, and serve right away.

8. Pina colada mocktail

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It is an alcohol-free, healthy, and soul-satisfying alternative to the pina colada cocktail.

You will need:
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (diced)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 cup ice cubes
  • 2-3 pineapple wedges (thinly sliced, for garnish)
How to prepare:
  1. Blend banana, pineapple pieces, pineapple juice, ice, and coconut milk in a blender.
  2. Pour the mixture into a red wine or martini glass, garnish with pineapple wedges, and serve immediately.

9. Spicy delicious mocktail

Spicy delicious mocktail

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It is a sweet, spicy, and healthy drink for children across ages.

You will need:
  • ½ cup tomato juice (without seed)
  • 5 ½ fl.oz. vegetable juice (with no salt)
  • ½tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1tsp dill pickle juice
  • Dash of tabasco sauce or your favorite hot sauce
  • ½ cup ice cubes
How to prepare:
  1. Blend all the ingredients into a smooth-flowing drink using a blender.
  2. Pour the ready drink into a flute glass and serve immediately with cheese nachos or fresh bean salad.

10. Watermelon Fresca

Watermelon Fresca

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It is a hydrating and refreshing summer drink rich in potassium.

You will need:
  • ¼ cup ginger root (peeled and sliced)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 cup watermelon (peeled, deseeded, and cubed)
  • 3-4 fresh mint sprigs (for garnish)
How to prepare:
  1. Put ginger slices and water in a saucepan on medium heat, bring the mixture to boil, and then simmer it for a minute.
  2. Once done, let the ginger decoction cool and strain it into a bowl.
  3. Blend watermelon cubes and ginger decoction into a smooth mixture.
  4. Pour the blend into a martini glass, garnish with mint sprigs, and serve right away.

11. Cranberry cooler

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It is one of the micronutrient-rich, refreshing mocktail drinks for children and teens.

You will need:
  • 2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • oz. ginger ale (chilled)
  • 1 medium-sized orange (thinly sliced in circles)
How to prepare:
  1. Put pineapple juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, maraschino cherry juice, and lemon juice in a pitcher and mix well.
  2. Add the chilled ginger ale, and while stirring constantly, pour the drink into a highball glass.
  3. Garnish with orange slices and serve immediately.

12. Mint choco mocktail

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Children and teens love this delectable mocktail drink for its chocolaty taste and minty flavor.

You will need:
  • low-fat chocolate and mint ice cream
  • coconut cream
  • A handful of mixed nuts (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • half-and-half milk and cream
  • 2tsp dark chocolate syrup (sugar-free)
How to prepare:
  1. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass into the chocolate syrup and set it aside to dry.
  2. Next, put all the ingredients into a blender and blend them well.
  3. Pour the drink into the cocktail glass and serve immediately.

13. Spicy cider

Spicy cider

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It is a customizable, tangy-spicy drink made up of apple and cinnamon.

You will need:
  • 2 cup apple juice or cider (mild cider)
  • 1 orange (sliced into wheels)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
How to prepare:
  1. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat the mixture on medium heat until it begins boiling.
  2. Turn off the heat, let the mixture stand a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Pour the mixture into a cup and serve while still warm.

14. New year sunrise

New year sunrise

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It is a colorful, tasty, and quick-to-prepare mocktail drink for every age.

You will need:
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cup homemade lemonade (sugar-free)
  • 1 cup grenadine or cranberry juice cocktail concentrate
  • 1 orange slice (thinly sliced wheel)
How to prepare:
  1. Take a hurricane glass and fill its one-third with orange juice.
  2. Add lemonade to fill the glass, leaving a small gap for the grenadine.
  3. Slowly and carefully pour a small amount of grenadine such that it sinks to the bottom of the drink to make a red layer.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice tucked at the edge of the glass and serve right away.

15. Georgia on my mind

Georgia on my mind

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It is a sweet, tangy, and fruity-flavored drink great for children across ages.

You will need:
  • 1 cup pureed peach
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup agave syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean extract
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
How to prepare:
  1. Blend all the ingredients into a smooth-flowing mix using a blender.
  2. Transfer the mix into a glass and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  3. Serve the chilled drink with muffins and sandwiches

Mocktails are refreshing drinks that children and teens can enjoy with meals and snacks. You can prepare several healthy mocktail drinks by replacing calorie-dense ingredients with more nourishing ingredients. It can help enhance a drink’s overall nutritional value.

References:

  1. What is a mocktail?; The Citadel
  2. Mocktails; The University of Michigan
  3. Mocktail recipes, The Citadel

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