How to Make a Fresh Berry Fruit Punch

Fresh currants are a wonderful addition to fruit salads, or a refreshing drink like this berry fruit punch.
Refreshing Summer Drink

Refreshing Summer Drink

jug of redcurrant refresher with three glasses

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

If you can't wait for your own bush to bloom, gather currants from a nearby pick-your-own farm. This recipe project takes 2 hours to complete.

Materials Needed:

  • saucepan
  • medium bowl
  • fork or potato masher
  • dish towel
  • clean pair of old pantyhose (or muslin)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (225 g) red currants, stalks removed
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups (240 g) sugar
  • 14 fl ounces (400 ml) cold water

1. Ask an adult to make a syrup.

Heat 1 1/2 cups (240 g) sugar and 14 fl ounces (400 ml) of water slowly in a saucepan, stirring gently until the sugar has dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes, then cool.

Making Syrup for Red Currant Cordial Easy as Pie

Making Syrup for Red Currant Cordial Easy as Pie

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Mash the fruit.

Put the fruit into a bowl. Mash it together well, using the back of a fork or a potato masher. Place a damp dish towel under the bowl so it doesn't slip.

Use Fork to Mash Red Currants

Use Fork to Mash Red Currants

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DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Combine ingredients.

Into your mashed fruit, pour 4 fl ounces (100 ml) of the sugary syrup that was prepared earlier. Stir this mixture gently, but thoroughly.

Mix Mashed Courants with Syrup

Mix Mashed Courants with Syrup

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DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Cut a pair of panty hose.

Cut the end off a clean pair of panty hose (make sure they're an old pair). You can also cut a square of clean muslin and stretch this over the top of a tall pitcher. Secure with a rubber band.

Strain Mashed Berries to Extract Juice

Strain Mashed Berries to Extract Juice

placing stocking around rim of jug

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Strain the fruit.

Pour the fruit mixture through the cloth. The cloth will act like a fine strainer and allow only juice to pass through and collect in the bowl underneath. Leave this for an hour or two.

Allow Juice to Strain Into Pitcher

Allow Juice to Strain Into Pitcher

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DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Mix the syrup and punch.

Mix the rest of the cooled syrup with the punch. Pour this into a clean bottle and store it in the refrigerator until you need it.

Simple Fruit Cordial

Simple Fruit Cordial

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

7. Enjoy your fruit punch.

When you're ready, pour a little punch into a pitcher according to taste, and add water, sparkling water or soda water to make a refreshing treat.

Cordial Mixed with Sparkling Water for Punch

Cordial Mixed with Sparkling Water for Punch

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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