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Kid's punch--not disgustingly sweet

Mandy Jul 26, 2013 10:00 AM

I've been looking online for a punch that will appeal to 9-yr olds but they all seem to not fruit juice plus sprite. I would like to make something less sugar-saturated, as they'll get enough sugar from cake! Any ideas would be welcome! Thanks.

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    Gloriaa RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 10:19 AM

    My all time favorite is: one container frozen lemonade to 2 liter bottle of soda and a handful or more of frozen strawberries. It is not too sweet and everyone loves it. The strawberries act like ice cubes but they are also very flavorful so you can add lots of them.

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      imaninicola RE: Gloriaa Aug 4, 2013 10:48 AM

      I am big fan of lemonade and I have been looking a good recipe for the all time summer favorite. I think strawberries is the best taste for the ice cubes if they are frozen to the right temp. but would like to try another fruit favorite too. maybe even extra lemons too.

    2. tcamp RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 10:43 AM

      I never did punch for my kids. Rather, club soda or other sparkling water with some juice mixed in - say 3 to 1 ratio. They were fine with it. I can't tolerate the sugar and don't like artificial sweeteners so my options were limited.

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        pinehurst RE: tcamp Jul 26, 2013 10:58 AM

        I like tcamp's idea. The other option is to offer the mini bottled waters to the kids during games, snacks, etc, and to serve whole milk with the cake. But I understand it's not the birthday parties I attended in 1979, and kids might have lactose intolerance. But if they don't, it's hard to beat a cup of ice cold milk with cake, imo.

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        Gail RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 10:53 AM

        Paula Deen has a recipe close to what I do.
        Check the Food Network. I would post it but got into trouble once with the monitors.
        Lime Sherbet Punch. It has lime sliced and cherries. You could use any flavor of sherbet.

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          dkenworthy RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 11:50 AM

          I grew up with a bright red punch that I still love: Cranberry juice and Squirt (or any grapefruit soda). We mixed it about 50-50, but really, you can go by the color. Nowadays I usually use dilute out the Squirt with fizzy water so it is less sweet.

          1. boogiebaby RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 01:16 PM

            I usually serve juice boxes and the mini bottles of water at my kids' parties. Easier than punch as most kids ending up spilling it out of the glasses, or when they are trying to get a refill, etc. You could do fruit juice and sprite and just add water to cut the sweetness. We do that with regular juice in our house.

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              wyogal RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 01:35 PM

              I think I was an adult before I realized that my mom made Koolaid differently... she used twice the water called for.

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                Jerseygirl111 RE: wyogal Jul 29, 2013 07:52 PM

                Wasn't it very weak, Wyogal? I used to use half the sugar, but the flavoring/water proportion was still correct, so it was just less sweet.

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                  wyogal RE: Jerseygirl111 Jul 30, 2013 05:56 AM

                  We didn't know any different.

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                  Violatp RE: wyogal Aug 10, 2013 12:14 PM

                  My mom used to make what we called "lemon water." Packaged lemonade mix mixed with a LOT of water. We liked it better than fully sweetened things, actually.

                3. greygarious RE: Mandy Jul 26, 2013 02:11 PM

                  Equal parts ginger ale, iced tea, and fruit juice (or Hawaiian Punch). Ice cubes made from ginger ale and whole berries/pitted cherries.

                  1. chowser RE: Mandy Jul 28, 2013 11:13 AM

                    What about watermelon aqua fresca?


                    You can also make your own simple syrup w/ fruit flavors and add to carbonated water. Even to the watermelon above:


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                      fara RE: Mandy Jul 28, 2013 01:13 PM

                      Not a dIrect answer but what about chocolate milk with very little chocolate in it? Or with other flavored? Seems like that would go better with cake

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                        chowser RE: fara Jul 28, 2013 02:18 PM

                        I'd go w/ plain milk and water. Nothing sweet,

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                          fara RE: chowser Jul 28, 2013 06:25 PM

                          well that's what I would do too but OP clearly wanted something out of the ordinary. i can just imagine serving chocolate milk or punch with cake at my dd's party.

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                            chowser RE: fara Jul 29, 2013 07:01 AM

                            I most often see juice or soda w/ cake at kids parties. I can't imagine the sweets but kids love it. But, then a lot of kids just eat the frosting off the cake, too!

                      2. MidwesternerTT RE: Mandy Jul 28, 2013 03:54 PM

                        Look for instructions to make banana slush punch. Yes, it's fruit juices plus soda (ginger ale), but it's also got banana and is wonderful. The proportions my friend used made 50 small-cup servings of a punch that was not too sweet:

                        6 cups water
                        1 1/2 C. sugar
                        5 ripe bananas, peeled
                        46 oz. can unsweetened pineapple juice
                        12 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
                        12 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
                        2 1/2 quarts ginger ale or 7-up

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                          JudiAU RE: Mandy Jul 29, 2013 09:08 PM

                          Sparkling water (we use SodaStream) mixed with cherry juice (Trader Joes has a good option) and a little apple juice or white grape as a sweetener. The goal is to make diluted fruit juice fancy, not to further sweeten soda.

                          Most of the parents I know would be clutching their pearls with most of these recipes.

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                            imaninicola RE: Mandy Aug 4, 2013 10:50 AM

                            I think all fruit juices is not suppose to be sweet but they can be a little tart to just give the balance and blend of the flavors that is intended. I am thinking of making fruit juice bars, they are frozen the kids would like them so much.

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                              Ruthie789 RE: imaninicola Aug 10, 2013 04:01 AM

                              Fruit juices are as sweet as a soft drink in terms of sugar content. A standard serving of fruit juice is supposed to be about a half a cup.

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                              Jetra RE: Mandy Aug 9, 2013 07:12 AM

                              How about a fruity herbal tea with some orange juice mixed in. I sweeten with pure stevia - one package per tea bag. Four tea bags make two quarts.

                              1. eclecticsynergy RE: Mandy Aug 10, 2013 12:09 PM

                                Iced tea and apricot nectar is a great flavor combination; if you stick to decaf black tea the kids won't be racing from caffeine and sugar.

                                I use regular Lipton's decaf teabags and Bionaturae apricot nectar, which is organic and unsweetened- it's made from apricot puree and apple juice. I do add some sugar but this way one has control over the dosage...

                                Haven't tried stevia myself so I can't offer an opinion. But I've heard good things about it.

                                1. Ruthie789 RE: Mandy Aug 10, 2013 01:01 PM

                                  A crockpot lemonade is quite lovely but it would make the kids pucker up with the tartness.

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                                    Pat50 RE: Mandy Aug 11, 2013 07:52 PM

                                    Plain tap water, lots of ice, thin slices of lemon, lime and cucumber and lots of mint sprigs, no sugar, no sweetner, no soda water. If they haven't been weaned on sugary pops-type drinks they'll love it.

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