Ask Maxwell: Any Solution for Cold Summer Drinks for Kids that Aren’t Juice Boxes and Soda?

published Jul 25, 2022
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My three kids go through a lot of juice boxes and soda in the summer, which is expensive and not the healthiest. Got any solutions?

Nancy R.

Dear Nancy,

I, too, still find empty Capri Sun pouches around the house at times, but I do make a big shift in the summer to stop this trend. They’re fine for going to school, but when my daughter starts to rip through them at home because she’s thirsty it seems really wasteful, SO I have a really nice drink dispenser that I set up either in the fridge or on the counter in the summer.

This is the one that like. It’s from Crate & Barrel, and they have many versions, some plastic and some glass, but I like this glass one with the marble stand:

The drinks of choice? We do Country Time Lemonade or Gatorade powder mix, both of which lasts a long time as we usually don’t make it too sweet, but let it get watered down. When I keep it out during the day, I also put in a big block of ice that I freeze in a bowl in the freezer, which is a nice way of keeping it cool for hours.

This is not a novel solution, but I do find it appealing and it brightens up our kitchen on hot summer days as kids come and go, refilling their glasses. As for the endless glasses in the sink? I’m bamboozled by that one still.

Best, M

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