7 Thanksgiving Drinks for Kids

Festive drinks to serve children at the Thanksgiving table.

Please make the children’s table festive at Thanksgiving! It’s so much fun for everyone.

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I watched a little munchkin’s face fall last Thanksgiving when she realized she was relegated to the “children’s table.” I do set a separate table sometimes for the kids, but I do it like a special treat, not as a punishment for not being an adult.


Here are some festive Thanksgiving drink recipes for the kids at your holiday get-together. Choose festive ware and garnish.


Any drink with whipped cream, you can put sprinkles atop, candied fruit, cinnamon candies, Thanksgiving “picks,” drizzle with (non-alcoholic) crème de menthe for color, shaved colored chocolate, or add a candy kiss.

Recipes for Thanksgiving drinks for kids to make your Thanksgiving table more festive and kid friendly.

Tie an orange bow with a sprig of fall leaves on the punch ladle; surround the base with leaves and greenery and miniature pumpkins, squashes, or toy Thanksgiving “ornaments” from the Dollar store. There’s lots to choose from!


If it’s hot, stick in a cinnamon stick or butterscotch candy. Dollop with whipped cream and garnish with sprinkles, cinnamon candies, or confectioner’s sugar; add a holiday “pick”; stick a sparkler in each mug and light at presentation time.


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If it’s cold, use decorated ice cubes – freeze cranberries, tiny ornaments, mint leaves, anything festive and NON-POISONOUS into the cubes and add at presentation time.


(Remember at Christmas time that holly berries and all parts of the mistletoe are poisonous); or freeze the same things in an ice mold.


Get ready for a fun and festive Thanksgiving with these 7 delicious and kid-friendly drink ideas. From sparkling mocktails to cider punch, there's something for every little turkey at your table!


You can have great fun with floating ice rings for punch for the kids – put in ornaments, cherries, greenery, anything you can make hygienic-enough and that edible!


Whatever you serve, serve it with festive flare, and give it a holiday name!


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Thanksgiving Drinks for Kids


Nana’s Nog

3 cups milk
1 cup half ‘n’ half
3 T. sugar


Put in blender with ice and frappe. Consider orange food coloring and chocolate candy sprinkles to keep with the color scheme. Serves 4.


Pumpkin’s Progress for Pilgrims

1 can of pumpkin puree
12 oz. can of frozen apple juice concentrate
Ground nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
2 1/2 cups of water


Remove the pumpkin from the can and freeze for an hour, till slushy. In a blender, combine the partially frozen pumpkin, the frozen apple juice concentrate, and spices and blend till smooth. Continue to blend while adding the water.


Harvest Cider Punch

1 gallon apple cider
12 whole cloves
2 large apples (Granny Smith, Rome Beauty), peeled, left whole
2 cinnamon sticks
Ground nutmeg


Pour apple cider into large pot. Insert 6 cloves into each apple. Add apples and cinnamon sticks to pot. Bring to boil.


Reduce heat; cover and barely simmer over very low heat 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.


Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.) Ladle hot cider punch into mugs. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.


Source, Bon Appétit, December 1995


Spicy Cranberry Punch

1/2 cup red cinnamon candies
4 C. water
8 C. cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate


In small pan, melt candies in water; chill. At serving time, combine candy liquid and fruit juices in punch bowl. Stir to dissolve. Makes 18, 5-oz. cups.


Children’s Orange Thanksgiving “Champagne”


Combine 2 well-chilled 750-ml. bottles non-alcoholic sparkling cider with 1 cup orange juice or to taste.


Turkey Toe-Warmer

1 qt. vanilla ice cream
3 sticks margarine
1 box brown sugar
nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice


Combine and keep in freezer. At serving time, put 1 heaping T. scoop into a mug, add hot water (to taste) and heat.


Pumpkin Orange Punch

4 cups water
3 cups sugar
2 small packages of orange Jello
l large can pineapple juice
1 bottle of almond extract Serves 25-30.


Reprinted with permission.

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