Homemade Real Fruit Punch

by Heather on August 31, 2011

Baby showers and punch bowls go hand-in-hand.  Much like French fries and ranch.  Or peanut butter and my mouth.

You get the idea, they’re MFEO (Made For Each Other).

 

So when I got the invite to join in on Maria & Josh’s virtual baby shower the first thing I volunteered to “bring” was something to drink.  Something refreshing.  Something fun.  Something that not only tasted great but actually is good for you.

 

I decided on fruit punch.

I know what you’re thinking:  fruit punch?  For real?  Like the red stuff with the weird Hawaiian (that we know isn’t really Hawaiian) on the canister?  Loaded with sugar and preservatives and Red 40 all up in it?

 

No, my friends.  I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I made fruit punch with real fruit, real fruit juice, stevia and club soda.  I made fruit punch that, if I was pregnant, I would want to drink.  Today’s the day my friends!

HOMEMADE FRUIT PUNCH

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup fresh pitted cherries
  • 2 fresh peaches
  • 32 oz. real fruit juice (pick your flavor, I loved the pineapple-coconut one!)
  • 4 liters club soda
  • stevia to taste

 

First things first:  if you have a juicer, use it!  If not, no big deal:  we’re making a concentrate here that will be diluted with club soda.  You can actually make the next best thing to juice in your blender or food processor!  You may have to do it in batches depending on the capacity of your blender, but that’s fine too.  First grab a big bowl and a fine colander.  Dump whatever fruit you have ready in the blender with about half of the juice.  Blend enough that there are still a few chunks but it’s mostly pureed.  Empty the blender into the colander over the bowl.  Repeat until all of the fruit is processed.  Using a wooden spoon stir the fruit mixture until all that’s left in the colander is the pulp from the fruit.  Add the remainder of the fruit juice if you haven’t already.

 

The proportions are 2 liters of club soda for half of the fruit concentrate, and then sweeten with stevia to taste.  Serve over ice!

Ah yes, baby showers and punch.  A match made in heaven!

 

Check out these other fantastic blogs for more of Maria & Josh’s baby shower!  Congratulations you guys, and I can’t wait to hear how the little man is doing once he gets here!  P.S. Check out all of the other amazing bloggers who are taking part…I can’t wait to try every.single.thing!

 

Drinks

Simple Bites – Lemon Balm infused Lemonade

Ingredients, Inc. – Healthy Fruit Punch

Food for My Family – Lemongrass Soda

She Wears Many Hats – Mini Pistachio Smoothies
Georgia Pellegrini – Watermelon Agua Fresca & a New Pea

 

Appetizers/Savory Bites

With Style and Grace – Truffle Popcorn

Family Fresh Cooking – Baby Peas & Cheese Frittata

Barbara Bakes – Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and Fruit

Aggie’s Kitchen – Pasta Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

Reluctant Entertainer – Nutella Berry Bruschetta

 

Dessert

TidyMom – Baby Blue Velvet Cake Truffles

i am baker – Baby Pea Baby Shower Cake

Brown Eyed Baker – Pavlova

Picky Palate – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

What’s Gaby Cooking – Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Cookin’ Canuck – Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies

Kevin and Amanda – Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Sweetopia – Decorated Sugar Cookies

Mountain Mama Cooks – Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Sweetapolita – Decorated Sugar Cookies

Bake at 350 – Petit Fours with fondant pea pods

RecipeGirl – Baby Button Cookies

RecipeBoy – Mud Cups with Gummy Worms

Add a Pinch – Blackberry Tartlets

Dine and Dish – Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples

 

Crafts

Wenderly – Handmade Sweet Pea Cards

Our Best Bites – How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece

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