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With summer around the corner, we have been grilling out nonstop and I have been taking every opportunity to be outdoors with my family. In the winter, we use the crock pot a lot, but in the summer we are all about grilling outside, eating lots of salads, and making lots of yummy summer drinks. For my two year old, we normally don’t go too crazy with her beverages. She gets either skim milk, or juice to drink, and if it’s juice we cut it at least by half with water. But, sometimes you have to let loose and have a fun drink. And if mom is having her sangria, why not let the kids enjoy some too? Non-alcoholic of course, but still delicious and kid friendly. I have been experimenting with delicious drinks for my daughter and her friends to enjoy at cookouts this summer, and my latest creation is my kiddie sangria!
- 1 heaping cup frozen berries
- 3/4 cup Tropical Punch Kraft Kool-Aid Easy Mix
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 3 quarts (12 cups) of water
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let sit for 3 hours. Enjoy! Drink within 2-3 days for the freshest beverage. Don't let your kids drink this on white carpeting 🙂
You can drink this concoction right away, without letting it sit for a few hours, but it will taste mostly like Kool-Aid. I love the mixture of tropical punch flavors, the berries, and also the coconut water as it all has a chance to sit together in the same pitcher for a while. In the future when I make more kiddie drinks, I think I am always going to sneak some coconut water in there.
Also, the pitcher below has a “shloosher” in it. That’s my totally technical term for the thingy that moves up and down like a plunger so you can remix your drink ingredients. Sometimes when you mix lots of things together, the juices can separate when they are sitting still in the fridge for a long time. You don’t have to let that happen to you! Just shloosh them back together before pouring a glass!
When I was experimenting with this, I was pleasantly surprised that I got it right the first shot. It was really easy to make, and I didn’t have to mess around. I knew I wanted to use coconut water, frozen berries, and some amount of Kool-Aid Easy Mix. This was super cheap and super easy. If I am having company over, I can make this in a matter of seconds for the kids and I know they will love it. The last time I ever saw Kool-Aid in the store it was in a powdery packet. This actually just pours out the container, so it’s simple and you don’t have to make sure the powder mixes with the water. It’s also really refreshing and even adults love it. In fact, my husband had a glass tonight and said “this is actually really good for kid stuff!”
— Justina (@justinalayne) April 16, 2015
All of the ingredients are also available at Walmart! I stopped in the other day when they were doing an in store demo. I had some lunch there and we ran errands and went about our day. Love how easy that store makes my life!
If I have one tip for you that would be, don’t let your kids drink this on white carpet! That’s why it’s the perfect drink for grilling out. Keep it outside where it won’t make a mess!
Do you have a favorite summer drink for your kids? Do share!