Fun sparkly, fruity drinks don’t always imply alcohol. That’s a connotation brought on by adults. Kids absolutely love crafts, cooking, baking and mixing. These 15 mocktails for kids will delight and inspire creativity for the whole family and it’s a great activity at any party.
Let’s unite our party planning forces and take it up a notch. No more settling for bland beverages and typical juice mixes for the little legends. We’re about to explore how some drinks can make your gatherings not just Instagram-worthy but also inclusive, where every kid is not just a guest but the star of the show.
Mocktail For Kids-Ginger Lemonade
- 5 cups filtered water
- 3.5 ounces fresh ginger
- 1.5 cups lemon juice
- 0.5 cup honey or other natural sweetener
- Make the base for the ginger "tea." To get this, wash the ginger knobs and cut them into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
- After adding the ginger and filtered water to a pan, raise the heat to a boil, lower the temperature, and simmer for about five minutes. (You can use grated or crushed ginger for a more powerful flavor).
- Then, wait until the ginger water has completely cooled before proceeding. Once it's lukewarm, thoroughly stir in your preferred sweetener. It's easier to add honey to a mixture when it's only warmed up a little.
- Juice the lemons to prepare the lemon juice. If you have a juicer, you can use it for this; otherwise, you can do it by hand.
- Simply blend the ginger tea mixture with the lemon juice in a big jug.
Princess Peach Iced Tea
If the kids are big fans of Super Mario, you’ll surely catch their attention with this drink. A cool, zesty summer sip any time of year is made with refreshing peach tea blended with lemon, ginger, and mint. To ensure sweetness, use ripe fruit; this less-sugar recipe from Health Cooks means you may eat it guilt-free, and the flavor will be more vibrant.
- 8 cups cold water
- 6 bags English Breakfast tea
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 large lemon, sliced into ¼-inch slices
- 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and minced fine or ginger juice
- 1 bunch fresh mint, washed
- 1 ripe peach, pitted and sliced
- Four cups of water should be brought to a boil. After boiling the water, add the tea bags and steep for ten minutes. Transfer the steeped tea into a serving jug.
- Stir in the sugar, ginger, and lemon until the sugar dissolves. Pour the remaining 4 cups of cold water into the pitcher along with the mint and peach pieces.
- Place in the refrigerator and cool for at least three hours.
- Serve over ice.
Mulled Apple Cider
Mulled Apple Cider is a spiced cider drink ideal for any festive get-together. Apple cider mixed with mulling spices creates a warm, tasty beverage that children adore. This incredibly savory recipe from Create Kids Club is super easy to prepare during the holidays.
- 1 quart high-quality apple cider
- 2-3 tablespoons mulling spices
- Optional: sliced oranges, cranberries, lemon
- Add the ingredients to the slow cooker. Fill your slow cooker with apple cider. Put the spice packet inside the cider.
- Slice a cheesecloth into a roughly 4 by 4-inch square. Line the cheesecloth with mulling spices, then secure with kitchen thread.
- Cook for two to four hours on low. To keep the cider warm, remove the spices and set them to warm.
- If preferred, garnish with lemon and orange slices.
Shirley Temple Mocktail
If you have kiddos you’ve definitely ordered a Shirley Temple at a restaurant. A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic mixed drink typically topped with a maraschino cherry and made with ginger ale and grenadine. Not only is it a fantastic choice for adults, but it is also very suitable for children.
It’s an excellent drink for parties because of its sweetness and fun red hue.
- 1 (2-liter) bottle Sprite or 7UP
- 1⅓ cup grenadine syrup
- maraschino cherries for garnish
- Fill a punch bowl or drink dispenser with Sprite.
- Stir in the syrup of grenadine. Add ice.
- Once the punch has been poured into glasses, you can either stir in a few cherries right after or keep them in a separate bowl for later.
Cotton Candy Mocktail
Learn how to create a Cotton Candy Mocktail ideal for a unicorn party, summertime get-together, or children’s birthday celebration. It’s simple to prepare with just two ingredients. The kids and you will enjoy this easy drink recipe from Kid Friendly Things To Do. Have fun decorating and see the cotton candy melt into the drink!
- cotton candy
- lemon-lime soda
- lime wedges (for garnish)
- sprinkles or decorating sugar (for garnish)
- piece of cotton candy (for garnish)
- Cherry (optional, for garnish)
- Cut a lime wedge in half and slice it open. Spoon a generous amount of sprinkles onto a small plate, deep enough to cover the rim. Moisten your cup with the lime wedge by sliding it around the rim until the outside is wet. Turn the cup upside down to reveal a plate covered in sprinkles.
- The quantity of cotton candy that you put in the bottom of a cup will vary. Try filling 16 oz glasses with about a cup of cotton candy.
- Watch the cotton candy dissolve into the soda after you pour it over it.
- Add a straw and some cotton candy to the top of the cup to decorate.
The Cinderella mocktail embodies the taste of tropical fruit. For many years, this beloved mixed drink has delighted both young and old. The Cinderella Mocktail recipe from The Spruce Eats is great for a picnic or birthday celebration, and it also makes a delicious and fruity brunch beverage on hot summer days.
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
- ½ tablespoon grenadine
- ¼ cup ginger ale, ginger beer, or club soda
- Pineapple and orange slices, for garnish
- Transfer the juices and grenadine into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well.
- Pour through a strainer into a chilled Collins glass with new ice.
- Add the ginger ale on top.
- Orange or pineapple slices can be used as garnish. Serve and savor.
Gummy Bear Mocktail
This non-alcoholic Gummy Bear Mocktail is a kids’ favorite. Serve this non-alcoholic drink for New Year’s Eve parties, baby showers, and children’s birthday parties. The kids will be begging you to make these simple, kid-friendly mocktails by Kimspireddiy again and again!
- 5-6 gummy bears
- 4 ounces white cranberry juice
- 4 ounces watermelon lime bubbly
- The cranberry juice and gummy bears should be combined in a cocktail glass.
- Chill for a duration of 30 to 45 minutes.
- Pour in the bubbly to finish.
Rainbow Sherbet Punch
At any celebration, this Rainbow Sherbet Punch will be a hit! This recipe by Mommy Hates Cooking is easy to make right before guests arrive and only requires three ingredients. It’s flavorful, and yes, it contains a lot of sugar, but because it’s for a party, you should be good.
- Sprite/Sierra Mist
- Hawaiian Punch
- Rainbow Sherbet
- Blend Hawaiian Punch with equal parts Sprite and/or Sierra Mist. Serve it after adding the rainbow sherbet ice cream on top.
- Remember that these components taste best when served cold, so before using, cool the punch and sprite.
Whether you’re hosting an underwater-themed birthday party or simply want to add a touch of magic to your gatherings, the Mermaid Water mocktail is a surefire way to make a splash. This concoction by We’re The Joneses not only tantalizes taste buds but also sparks the imagination. Picture a drink that captures the essence of the mythical sea, with vibrant hues and a touch of magic in every sip.
- 1 bottle (2 Liter) Lemon-Lime Soda
- 1 bottle (64 Fl. Oz.) Pineapple Juice
- 1 jug (128 Fl. Oz.) Blue Hawaiian Punch
- Pour one bottle of lemon-lime soda into a drink dispenser. Pour in the pineapple juice after that. The blue Hawaiian punch should be added last.
- Use a spoon to stir everything together, then serve.
Alice’s Wonderland Mocktail
A simple variation of the original dessert drink that’s perfect for a party, this Alice’s Wonderland Mocktail features cherry tart, custard, pineapple, and toffee flavors. The kids will genuinely think they’ve stepped into Wonderland by using this recipe from Bryton Taylor!
- 175ml pineapple juice
- 175ml cherry syrup (from a 425g can of cherries)
- 1 tablespoon white miso paste
- 150ml thickened cream
- 35g butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1-2 drops pink food coloring
- Combine the pineapple juice and cherry syrup in a small saucepan and heat until it simmers.
- Reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture has reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
- Stir in the miso paste and let it dissolve before letting it cool.
- Stir the butter in a second small saucepan until it melts.
- Before adding the cream, mix in the brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Just heat the cream by stirring it.
- After adding a few drops of pink food coloring to the syrup mixture, stir it and serve it in fancy bottles.
Princess Rainbow Sprinkles Mocktail
Do you remember the Princess Wishing Star doll from the 90s? Her preferred beverage is undoubtedly this mocktail from LoveToKnow.
- Honey syrup and rainbow sprinkles for rim
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- ¾ ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- ¾ ounce peach juice
- Lemon-lime soda to top off
- Dip the glass rim into the honey syrup.
- Coat the glass rim completely or just partially with sprinkles using a saucer filled with sprinkles.
- Place ice, peach, lemon, and cranberry juices in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain the mixture into the prepared glass with a strainer.
- Pour some lemon-lime soda on top.
Raspberry Lemonade Slushies
Enjoy this refreshing frozen beverage made with fresh lemon juice and raspberries, perfect for a warm summer’s day. This Raspberry Lemonade Sluhies recipe from the American Heart Association is very healthy, and you can swap between colors by changing the kind of fruit ingredient. Blend the ingredients together and serve!
- 12 ounces raspberries
- 1 cup sugar substitute
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- 5 cups ice cubes
- Blend or process the raspberries, sugar substitute, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender until the berries are pureed.
- Add the cubes of ice. Process until the product resembles a slushie and is mostly smooth. (Avoid overmixing)
- Spoon the slushie mixture. Serve right away.
Mint Choco Mocktail
Your kids will go nuts for this inventive and entertaining milkshake twist – a Mint Choco Mocktail. They enjoy sipping sophisticated drinks with the adults, and we enjoy easy, quick recipes. The glass with a chocolate sprinkle rim is the best part of this recipe by Mind Over Munch. These sound like a ton of fun for your New Year’s or Christmas Eve event.
- 1¼ cups milk of choice
- ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1½ tablespoon chocolate syrup (or ½ tsp cocoa powder, blended in)
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- chocolate syrup
- crushed peppermint candies
- Crush the peppermint candies and transfer them to a shallow dish or platter.
- Squeeze or drizzle chocolate syrup in the shape of a circle, roughly the size of your martini glasses, onto a different shallow dish or plate.
- Coat the entire rim of a clean glass by dipping it first in chocolate syrup and then in the peppermint plate.
- Glasses should be refrigerated until they are time to serve.
- Mix all beverage ingredients in a measuring cup until well combined or puree in a blender.
- Optional: Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
- Transfer into the ready-made martini glasses and savor!
Vanilla Italian Soda
Vanilla Italian Sodas are very simple to create despite their elegant appearance. It will just take a few minutes to build each glass. You won’t need to empty your refrigerator to create it either, as this recipe from Singing Dog Vanilla only requires three ingredients.
- 2 ounces organic vanilla syrup
- 2 ounces half-and-half OR heavy cream
- 8 ounces club soda
- whipped cream
- maraschino cherries
- Half-fill a highball tumbler glass with ice.
- Club soda, half-and-half, and vanilla syrup should all be added to the cup. Stir until well combined.
- Add a maraschino cherry and some freshly whipped cream.
Non-Alcoholic Georgia on My Mind
Ah, the Georgia on My Mind mocktail – a delightful sip that brings the sweet charm of the Peach State right to your glass. Imagine a concoction that captures the essence of lazy southern afternoons and the soulful tunes of Ray Charles. Here’s how you can make it non-alcoholic, according to Town & Country Magazine.
- 2 cups puréed fresh peach
- 2 cups and 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup agave syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla bean
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Mix the ingredients together.
- After straining through a fine-mesh filter, chill until ready to serve. You can prepare juice up to three days ahead of time.
Are Kids Mocktails Healthy?
Kids mocktails can be a fantastic way to introduce fun and flavorful beverages while keeping things healthy. By using fresh fruits, natural sweeteners, and creative combinations, you can whip up mocktails that are not only delicious but also nutritious.
One of the perks of kids’ mocktails is the opportunity to sneak in some vitamins and hydration playfully. Incorporate a rainbow of fruits to not only enhance the taste but also provide essential nutrients.
Mocktails for kids can be a win-win – a delightful treat for their taste buds and a sneaky way for you to score some nutritional points. Keep it colorful, keep it creative, and let the kids enjoy a sip of health in every mocktail!
Mocktails For Kids FAQs
What is a good mocktail recipe for kids?
A delightful and kid-friendly mocktail recipe is a Ginger Lemonade. Lemon and ginger (along with honey) go together like clockwork; the honey balances the heat from the fresh ginger’s spiciness. Meanwhile, zingy lemon juice gives a delightful touch. When combined, you get many health advantages and a delicious drink – a naturally sweetened, naturally refreshing, and healthy fresh ginger lemonade that tastes great over ice on a warm day!
Are mocktails OK for kids?
Mocktails are a fantastic and safe option for kids. They provide the fun and festive feeling of a drink without any alcohol content. By using fresh ingredients and creative combinations, you can create mocktails that are not only delicious but also nutritious. Be mindful of the sugar content and opt for natural sweeteners whenever possible.
Can a 12-year-old drink mocktails?
Yes, mocktails are perfect for 12-year-olds! Since mocktails are non-alcoholic, they are a great way for pre-teens to join the celebration and feel like part of the party. Ensure that the ingredients are age-appropriate and that the mocktail isn’t loaded with excessive sugars.
Why are mocktails virgin?
The term “virgin” in mocktails refers to the absence of alcohol. Mocktails are crafted to mimic the flavors and presentation of traditional cocktails but without any alcoholic content. This makes them suitable for all ages, including kids, pregnant individuals, and those who choose not to consume alcohol. The term “virgin” distinguishes these non-alcoholic concoctions from their spirited counterparts.