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Kid's punch--not disgustingly sweet

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Gloriaa

      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. 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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      1. re: tcamp

        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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: wyogal

                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.

                1. re: wyogal

                  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.

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

                  1. 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:


                    1. 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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                      1. re: fara

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

                        1. re: chowser

                          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.

                          1. re: fara

                            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. 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

                        1. 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.

                          1. 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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                            1. re: imaninicola

                              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.

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

                                  1. 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.