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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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robyn | Add a Pinch August 31, 2011

This is a beautiful fruit punch that I can’t wait to make! I’ve bookmarked it!!!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet August 31, 2011

I am absolutely in LOVE with this recipe my friend! I have never seen homemade fruit punch.

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3 Marian (Sweetopia) August 31, 2011

Heather, this and my breakfast are MFEO! ;-) Delicous-looking recipe!

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4 Aggie August 31, 2011

This looks so good! Pineapple coconut…YUM!

Congrats Maria & Josh!

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5 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 31, 2011

I have never had real fruit punch. It must taste amazing!

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6 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 31, 2011

looks fabulous!

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7 Sarah August 31, 2011

I’m pregnant, and I would DEFINITELY want to drink that. It looks so delicious and refreshing. (My mouth is watering a little bit even as I type this.)

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8 kelley August 31, 2011

Nice to “meet” you through the shower! Your punch looks amazing!

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9 Maria August 31, 2011

Oh yum! This is my kind of drink! Perfect for my shower:) Thanks so much Heather! I am really enjoying all of your posts! You guys are the BEST!

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10 Sara @ Our Best Bites August 31, 2011

How have I never seen that pineapple coconut juice before?? YUM! That punch looks awesome. And fyi, PB and my mouth are BFF’s too!

(Oh, and I don’t know if you noticed, but it looks like you’re missing half of the shower list!)

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11 Heather September 1, 2011

i saw that! thanks for letting me know though…i thought i had copied the whole thing but i think those were just the additions :) and i got the juice at Whole Foods on sale the other day. i think i might be addicted!

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12 Erin August 31, 2011

I’ve never thought about making fruit punch from scratch, it looks amazing!

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13 LeeAnn August 31, 2011

Yay for no Red 40!!! Blech!!

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14 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun August 31, 2011

This is such a cute idea!!! And looks so refreshing. Love punches that are actually quality.

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15 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 31, 2011

A virtual baby shower is such a cute idea! I would love this punch pregnant or not!

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16 Cookin' Canuck August 31, 2011

This looks so good! It’s definitely a far cry from Hawaiian Punch. ;)

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17 Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 31, 2011

What a perfect baby shower drink!

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18 Sandy @ RE August 31, 2011

Heather, looks so refreshing! Loving all of these drink ideas! :)

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19 Kris | iheartwellness.com August 31, 2011

Hello Fruit Punch!!! I haven’t had punch in years…..sigh….I used to love the sugar filled tetra packs of Hawaiian Punch as a wee one, but this adult version looks MUCH healthier! Thanks for the recipe girl!
xxoo

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20 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 31, 2011

Love this! I’ve never seen a homemade fruit punch before, so much better than the store bought stuff.

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21 marla August 31, 2011

Love the REAL fruit punch Heather. So glad you could join in on the fun :) xo

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22 Becky at VintageMixer August 31, 2011

I’m sure this is SO much better than any other fruit punch available. I wish I had a cup full right now. In fact, I’m really wishing this virtual shower was in person!

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23 Ashley August 31, 2011

OH my this looks so freaking delicious + refreshing!!! I have always been a sucker for fruit punch. YUM!!

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24 janetha August 31, 2011

Dude! You showed the Hawaiian Punch guy what’s up. This looks delicious. And you know I love the MFEO :)

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25 Lisa {With Style and Grace} August 31, 2011

Oh, I love that you made homemade [& real] fruit punch!! SO much better than the fake “hawaiian” stuff ;) Thanks for making Maria’s baby shower so special!

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26 alex August 31, 2011

I love this! I don’t know what it is about punch, but I’ll go to a shower, and just keep my fingers crossed that there will be punch..now I can bring my own!

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27 bridget {bake at 350} September 1, 2011

Wow…I love this idea!

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28 Lori @ RecipeGirl September 2, 2011

Looks delish- and I love the idea of that pineapple-coconut juice too!!

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29 Elle September 2, 2011

French fries and RANCH? Surely you meant to say french fries and a chocolate shake. Fries dipped in a chocolate shake, or a Frosty, are the best.

The punch is lovely, too!

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30 JaNelle September 7, 2011

Delish! I should’ve read this last week so I could’ve made it over the weekend.

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31 Laura Clemons August 27, 2012

How many servings does this recipe make?

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32 Heather August 27, 2012

it depends obviously on how people serve themselves/cup size/amount of juice in the fruit/etc but it made a little over 42 ounces of liquid. i would say that would serve 8 people or so!

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33 Laura Clemons August 27, 2012

One more questions: can the concentrate be made in advance?

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34 Heather August 27, 2012

yes it can! i kept mine in the fridge for 2 days and it turned out great!

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35 Jamie September 6, 2012

Can I use honey or organic sugar cane instead of stevia?

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36 Heather September 6, 2012

hey Jamie!

you certainly can, although i don’t know exactly what amounts you would use for those. i’d say start small – you can always add, but you can’t take away!

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37 Aqiyl Aniys April 1, 2014

I love it. I could go for some of this fruit punch right now.

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38 PAYAL VAIDya April 13, 2014

Yummy ! I loved it. i m going to serve this for my get together party

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