Crafting children’s beverages

September 12, 2014

You have to offer children more than big-brand soft drinks, chicken nuggets and crayons if you want to drive traffic today. That’s the word from restaurant operators who build sophistication, variety, customization and interaction into beverages for pint-sized patrons.

Compared with the kiddie cups of the past, the better kids’ beverages today reflect some of the flair of adult cocktails — minus the alcohol, of course. House-made sodas, lemonades and specialty beverages featuring commercial and hand-crafted syrups, fresh produce, eye-catching glassware and unusual enhancements — everything from pipettes of fruit puree to gummy fish to flavored gelatin ice cubes