Summer Treat for Kids: Lemonade with Blueberry Ice Sticks

Fun summer treat for kids: lemonade with blueberry ice sticksFun Summer Treat for Kids

Lemonade is one of my kids’ favorite summer treats and blueberries are a natural accompaniment. Ever since I made hot apple cider with spiced cranberry ice sticks last fall I knew I wanted to make a similar drink with lemons and blueberries to refresh us during the hot summer months.

Okay. First things first. I am kind of embarrassed at that stage-y photo above. I am not a food blogger or even very good with the camera but I had a hard time getting a good picture when my kids were — you know — enjoying the lemonade. So I made this cheesy photo set-up just so I would have an image of what it actually looked like. So, no. We don’t drink our lemonade surrounded by mint sprigs and whole lemons.

Anyway.

kids love juicing lemons

Instructions:

  • Make your favorite lemonade recipe. I use raw honey instead of sugar, because I’m one of those people.
  • Fill and freeze an ice tray with water and blueberries. We also added mint leaves, lemon zest and lavender flowers!
  • Add a blueberry ice stick to a glass of lemonade and enjoy.

Part of the fun was making the lemonade. Turn the preparation into a family project. New Kid loved juicing the lemons.

lemonade with blueberry ice sticks - fun drink for kids

He also really wanted to cut the lemons but his plastic knife wasn’t hacking it. {pun} For the rest of the afternoon he kept mentioning how he was going to use a sharp knife when he grows up.

My kids loved adding the ice sticks! They didn’t gulp down their lemonade quite as fast as usual, although my 4 year old had a few sticky fingers from grabbing the ice out of his cup. I know some moms might want to avoid kids playing with their drinks. I’m fairly relaxed about things like that. Having a towel on hand is much less stressful for me than trying to prevent my kid from exploring frozen blueberries.

Tips:

  • You don’t have to use a special ice stick tray (although ice sticks are great for water bottles). You can use any shape tray you have on hand.
  • Don’t overfill your ice tray with the berries. It causes the sticks to break more easily.
  • Have a napkin on hand for sticky fingers!
  • Ice can be a chocking hazard for younger kids. Use good judgement.

Do you have any tips for serving kids lemonade in the summer? What is your favorite recipe?

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Comments

  1. This looks like a wonderful way to dress up a cool summer drink.

  2. heehe you are silly!!! The pic is gorgeous – I love it!!! You’re telling a story – & although it may seem cheesy, it pulled me in to see the post – well done!!

    • Erica MomandKiddo says:

      Thanks Melissa – that’s quite a compliment coming from you, whose pics are always gorgeous!

  3. My kids already have a fascination with ice, so adding blueberries would only increase their love! Now you have me wanting to buy an ice stick tray!

  4. What a great treat!!! I’m nannying 2 boys this summer, and I am trying to explore new options for snacks and fun activities. This is the solution for both! Plus, it is very healthy and a great way to cool down after running around outside. Thank you!

  5. What a cool serving idea – Emma especially would love this at our house, I think!

    Your picture at the top of this post is awesome, too.

  6. Looks Yummy! I never thought of this, looks absolutely fantastic. Pinning it to try :)

  7. I cannot wait to try this!!!

  8. Loved to your post. Do you have a go-to lemonade recipe? I’ve never made it and I know my kiddos would love it. In particular, fishing out the ice sticks and making a mess!

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