You're not going to make it through those hot summer months without a cold drink in hand. While most poolside drinks are made for grown-ups (read: alcohol), we're not so ready to leave the kids and the nondrinkers behind. We've come up with two fun, fruity, layered summer sippers just for this reason — to provide an alcohol-free and kid-friendly alternative at your next summer cookout.
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To up the "wow" factor with these refreshing drinks, get creative by using different types of juices, beverages and sugar-free sodas. To properly layer the drinks, start with the beverage that has the highest sugar content, and end with the sugar-free soda since it has the least amount of sugar. These drinks can be enjoyed by kids of any age since they use nonalcoholic ingredients. However, feel free to spike them if your party is for adults!
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Patriotic layered drink recipe
- 1 (2-liter) sugar-free lemon-lime soda
- 1 bottle cranberry juice (not diet)
- 1 (32-ounce) bottle berry blue or any blue-colored Gatorade
- 6 tall glasses
- Ice cubes
- Fill the glasses with ice cubes.
- Pour the cranberry juice into a glass, filling it just less than halfway full. Repeat with the remaining 5 glasses.
- Very slowly pour the blue Gatorade over the ice cubes so that it layers onto the cranberry juice.
- Once all the glasses are filled with the cranberry juice and Gatorade, top each glass off with sugar-free soda. Best if served immediately.
Over the rainbow layered drink recipe
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- 2 – 3 ice cube trays (you can get creative and use trays with different shapes)
- Variety of juices or colored beverages in all colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
- 1 (2-liter) bottle sugar-free lemon-lime soda
- 6 tall clear glasses
- One by one, add each colored juice or beverage to the ice cube tray, creating 6 ice cubes for each color you are using. You need 1 ice cube of each color per drink.
- Place the ice cube trays in the freezer until the juice is frozen solid.
- In a tall glass, start by adding 1 of each color ice cube in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
- Right before serving the drinks, gently pour the sugar-free soda over the ice cubes, filling the glass. As the ice cubes begin to melt, they will form a rainbow. Serve immediately.
Editor's note: In general we're not fans of drinks like Gatorade that contain artificial coloring, especially for children. But a brightly hued drink every once in a while to celebrate a holiday isn't the worst thing in the world.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 4/26/16