Refreshing Iced Tea Fruit Coolers, Smoothies, and Popsicles

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Tell the kids they are mad scientists, who get to alter the flavor profile by deciding which fruit and tea flavors to use. While your little chefs are concocting their own brew, they’ll also be creating summer memories they’ll never forget.

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Iced Tea Fruit Coolers using Turbinado sugar, a less refined alternative to regular sugar. It absorbs moisture well, making it good for tea or coffee.

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Strawberries and Watermelon Smoothies and Popsicles

Here's how to get the kids involved:

Kids 2 and up: With a plastic knife or metal butter knife, slice the strawberries and cube the watermelon.
Adults with kids: In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries, watermelon, and Iced Tea Fruit Cooler. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and taste—if need be, add more. Blend entire mixture well.
Kids 8 and older: Thread fruit onto rainbow colored toothpicks. Pour puréed fruit drink into plastic cocktail glasses and garnish with cubed fruit.
For Popsicles: Pour puréed fruit drink into popsicle molds or small plastic cups and freeze for at least 6 hours.

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VARIATIONS:

Blue Lagoons: Try replacing a few raspberry tea bags with blueberry tea bags. Substitute 1 cup of strawberries with blueberries.
Jungle Fun: Use orange mandarin tea instead of raspberry tea and blend in mangos or pineapples for a tropical flavor.

Originally published in the Summer 2011 issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller