The perfect Summer fruit punch from Brandi at The Vegan 8.
1lb fresh strawberries, stems removed and halved
¼ cup fresh blueberries (44 g)
½ cup fresh black grapes (90 g)
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4-6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
(I only used 4 tablespoons but feel free to adjust, I
found this to be just enough sweetness to cut the
bitter and not be too sweet)
4 cups sparkling water, chilled
It is important your sparkling water is chilled for several hours or overnight because if you add it room temperature and then chill the drink afterwards, the carbonation will fizz out by the time you serve it. To save time, you can have all your fruit ready the day before, then just add everything a few minutes before serving to your blender when it’s all nice and cold.
How to make:
Before starting, make sure your sparkling water has chilled for a long time in the fridge (see note in ingredients). Wash all your fruit and chop the strawberries and remove stems. Add them along with all the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add any more sweetener if desired. I find this was plenty sweet with 4 heaping tablespoons, but if you are serving it at a party, you may add a little more. Lastly, drain the punch through a fine mesh strainer to catch any skins left behind from the grapes. Pour into a jug – over ice if desired and serve. You can garnish the glasses with extra fruit.
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