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Summer layered drink recipes

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Fun layered drinks to keep you cool by the pool

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 non-drinkers 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 diet sodas. In order to properly layer the drinks, start with the beverage that has the highest sugar content and end with the diet 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

Yields 6 servings


  • 1 (2-liter)  diet Sprite or diet 7UP
  • 1 bottle cranberry juice (not diet)
  • 1 (32-ounce) bottle berry blue or any blue-colored Gatorade
  • 6 tall glasses
  • Ice cubes


  1. Fill the glasses with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the cranberry juice into a glass, filling it just less than halfway full. Repeat with remaining five glasses.
  3. Very slowly pour the blue Gatorade over the ice cubes so that it layers onto the cranberry juice.
  4. Once all glasses are filled with the cranberry juice and Gatorade, top each glass off with diet 7UP or diet Sprite. Best if served immediately.

Over the rainbow layered drink recipe

Yields 6 drinks

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  • 2-3 Ice cube trays (you can get creative and use trays with different shapes)
  • A variety of juices or colored beverages in all colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle diet Sprite or diet 7UP
  • 6 tall clear glasses


  1. One by one add each colored juice or beverage to the ice cube tray, creating six ice cubes for each of the colors you are using. You need one ice cube of each color per drink.
  2. Place the ice cube trays in the freezer until the juice is frozen solid.
  3. In a tall glass, start by adding one of each color ice cube in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  4. Right before serving the drinks gently pour the Sprite over the ice cubes filling the glass. As the ice cubes begin to melt they form a rainbow. Serve immediately.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 4/26/2016

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