Recipe: Fruity refreshers

20 Nov 2018

Recipe: Fruity refreshers

Here's a great way to encourage children to drink water - infuse it with fruit! These refreshing drinks are easy for children to create themselves and will help keep them hydrated when the weather is warm.

You will need: 

  • Glass or cup
  • Seasonal fruit or vegetables, cut into slices or chunks
  • Water or sparkling water
  • Citrus zest or mint, to garnish

How to make:

  1. Choose your flavours. Layer fruit into the glass, then fill with water or sparkling water. Garnish with zest or mint.
  2. Enjoy a refreshing taste sensation.
  3. When you've drunk all the water, use a long spoon or fork to eat the fruit, or pour into a bowl and eat with your fingers.

Flavours to try

  • Rainbow: Strawberry, orange, pineapple, kiwifruit, blueberry, purple grapes
  • NZ flag: Strawberry, blueberry, lychee
  • Citrus blast: Lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit
  • Christmas: Strawberry, kiwifruit, raspberry, lime, watermelon, green grapes
  • Sunrise: Lemon, orange, strawberry
  • Sunset: Watermelon, rockmelon, pineapple, lychee
  • Berry burst: Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry


➤ Put water from the tap into a bottle in the fridge overnight. The next day you'll have beautiful tasting, cool drinking water without the metallic taste.

➤ The best way to get full flavours from your fruit is to peel it and cut it so it will fit nicely into the glass.

➤ Cucumber and carrot are vegetables that work well in these drinks, particularly when combined with fruits.

➤ Experiment with cutting fruit into different shapes with small biscuit cutters or a melon baller.

➤ Try herbs like mint and basil. Crush lightly in your palms to help release the flavour, or cut in thin strips and mix in.