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3 Kid-Friendly New Year's Drinks

Category: Beverage
Source: Kristen J. Gough
Description:

Easy Sparkling Fruit Drink

Ingredients:
3 to 4: 8 oz. cans fruit drink (my favorite is the Jumex kind; strawberry and pineapple make an excellent combo)
1 2-liter bottle seltzer water (NOT tonic water)
Frozen fruit, optional

Directions:
In a large pitcher (preferably plastic), mix the fruit drinks and the seltzer. Let your child use a wooden spoon to mix. To add a decorative twist (and so that the drink doesn't get watered down), I use whole, frozen fruit as ice cubes. You can have your child put a couple of fruit pieces in each cup.

Purple Paradise

Ingredients:
1 half gallon heavy cream or whipping cream
1 carton purple, seedless grapes* (NOT red grapes)
*Other fruit can be substituted

Directions:
A good neighbor made this drink for me once and my youngest child has requested it ever since. The only ingredients are fresh fruit and cream. She purchased the large, purple grapes at Sam's Club, but if you can’t find them, any fruit will do, even a combination. You can even throw ice cubes into the blender if you want the drink icy and thick. The intense purple color is unusual – not to mention tasty – so I highly recommend the grapes. You can toss 'em in whole. Also, thin the drink with some regular milk for a lighter taste. If you like your drinks a little sweeter, you might even need to add a bit of sugar.

Better-than-Pina-Colada

Ingredients:
2 cans coconut milk
1 10 oz. bag frozen strawberries (or fresh)
1 10 oz. can pineapple chunks
Honey (about 2 Tbsp.)
Cinnamon (about 1 1/2 tsp.)

Directions:
My husband came back from a business trip and described this amazing drink he'd had. He asked the waiter for the ingredients so we could try it at home. The waiter mentioned it's a traditional Argentine drink. All I know is the unusual combination of coconut milk, cinnamon, honey and fruit is a hit with my kids. (You can use light coconut milk too.) All of the ingredients are really up to your taste preferences. Not a real pineapple fan? Don't add 'em. Love cinnamon? Add plenty. Want a chunkier mixture? More strawberries. The final combination is amazing and surprisingly satisfying. Put all the ingredients in a sturdy blender and give it a whirl. Tweak the honey and cinnamon at the end.

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