When it comes to providing drinks for a children’s party, it’s easy to keep the kids happy. At the end of the day, if there’s sugar, they’re going to love it, right? But planning the food and drinks for a kid’s party is not just about the kiddos, it’s also about accommodating different types of parents. Some might not like their children having overly sugary stuff; others might usually avoid processed foods. Or generally, no parent likes to deal with a kid on a sugar high. So here’s our solution: try these homemade all-natural drink recipes.
Soda doesn’t have to be a bad word when you make it yourself. If you want to trick the kids into thinking it’s an unhealthy treat, consider putting them into repurposed soda bottles.
- 500 grams fresh grapes (black seedless work best)
- 1/2 cup of water
- Juice from half of a lemon
- Soda water
- After washing the grapes, put them in a pot with the lemon juice and water. Bring to simmer and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes until the grapes begin to soften. Smash the grapes as they cook.
- Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and mix until completely pureed.
- Pour the puree through a strainer and apply slight pressure to get all of the juice through. Throw out any skin or seeds.
- Refrigerate until cold.
To serve, fill a glass with ice and mix half syrup with half soda water. The recipe yields around two and a half glasses of syrup, enough for five drinks, so you might want to make a few batches to keep everyone happy.
Healthy ‘Minions’ Banana Smoothie
It’s hard to go wrong with anything to do with Minions at the moment so this simple beverage will have the kids excited just on principal.
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/2 cup of vanilla yoghurt
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of oats
- 1/2 cup of crushed ice
- 1 – 2 teaspoons of honey to taste
- Simply put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
If you freeze the bananas ahead of time, there’s no need for the ice. Serve in mason jars that have been decorated to look like Minions. To do this, take a black ribbon or a strip of black paper and glue it around the jar. You can buy large googly eyes from a craft shop or draw an eye with a black marker on a white circle and stick them to the black band on each jar, but if you’re going to buy the eyes, it’s better to use a hot glue gun to attach them. Or even better, get these themed straw toppers and stickers.
Another really easy one and these are perfect for younger kids as both a snack and as what will soon turn into a drink if they hold it for awhile. Even better, you only need to buy two things to make them.
- 1 kg chopped watermelon (the riper the watermelon, the sweeter it will be)
- Juice of 1 lime
- Lime zest
- Put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a shallow container and freeze for two hours.
- Scrape off the solid layer with a spoon and place into cups and place the remainder back in the freezer.
It will take about six hours for the entire container to freeze, depending on the size of the container, so it is a good idea to make multiple batches at intervals to always have some available. After dealing with a kids party all day, this also goes well as a mixer with gin if you need a little pick-me-up.
If all else fails, you can always flavour soda water with your child’s favourite fruit. Like with the grape soda, put the fruit in a blender or food processor until smooth and then just pour the puree through a strainer, using a little force to get it all through. Use at a ratio of around two tablespoons for every cup of soda water and add a squeeze of lemon juice to perk it up a bit.