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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.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley

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 Simple Syrup for Red Currant CordialDK - 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.

Mash Ripe Red Currants to Make JuiceDK - 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.

Mashed Berries Mixed with Simple SyrupDK - 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 JuiceDK - 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 PitcherDK - 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.

Mix Extracted Juice with Simple Syrup for CordialDK - 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 PunchDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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