Ultimate Sparkling Fruit Punch

Ultimate Sparkling Fruit Punch

It's summer. It's hot. I'm thirsty. For some weird reason, I have been craving sparkling carbonated things. The cravings are so bad, that I've had cravings for coke, which is WEIRD because I stopped drinking sodas years ago. Well, I obviously am not going to drink that yuck again, so instead I came up with this awesome stuff. Awesome stuff, I tell ya.

Not only is this made from tons of healthy, yummy fresh fruits, it's got that wonderful sparkling carbonated fizzy feel and it's so darn delicious. This will be PERFECT for your summer parties, barbecues or for a much healthier alternative for the kiddos instead of the overly sugar-filled fake fruit punches and juices at the store.

Don't you just want to dive into the picture and grab a drink?

This Ultimate Sparkling Fruit Punch is super simple to make too, all you do is chill the sparkling water, prepare the fruit, blend and strain the skins, that's it! You will want to strain it because the grapes leave behind skins.

These drinks would go great at a summer party, barbecue and come to think of it, with my Barbecue Potato Salad too!

 

Look how fizzy.

My daughter loved this like nobody's business. She just kept saying yummy over and over. So did I, haha.

I hope you love this Ultimate Sparkling Fruit Punch too! I'd love to hear how it turns out. Drop me a line below, I love hearing the awesome reviews! I’d also love to see your pic on Instagram. Make sure to tag me @thevegan8 and put my hashtag #thevegan8 in  your CAPTION! For some reason, I have been missing many tags from you guys now unless my hashtag is in your caption. I don’t want to miss it. Thanks!

DRINK UP.

Ultimate Sparkling Fruit Punch

Yields 7

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, stems removed and halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries (44 g)
  • 1/2 cup fresh black grapes (90 g)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (do not use that pre-made stuff at the store!)
  • 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
  • Note:
  • 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 and then just add everything a few minutes before serving to your blender when it's all nice and cold.

Instructions

  1. Before starting, make sure your sparkling water has chilled for a long time in the fridge (see above note).
  2. 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.
  3. Lastly, drain the punch through a fine mesh strainer to catch any skins left behind from the grapes. See above photo in post. It does catch a lot. Pour in a pitcher and over ice if desired and serve. I garnished my glasses with extra fruit.

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Yes please! I want to dive in these pictures, not only in one, Brandi! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful as always. It’s always a pleasure the way how you combine the setting! The cloth under your glasses give this composition a rustic flair in contrast to the many vibrant flavors of the fruits. This recipe I can say for sure has all my favorite fruits in it. It is like mind reading my favorites, haha. So I’m in love with those beverages, if you get thirsty and you have such a visual and colorful eyecatcher in your glass then drinking is a lot of fun – more than only in this function to refresh! ☺️

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh Florian, your comments always make my day!! Thank you so much for the compliments on my photos, I’m so glad you love them! I agree too, when a drink is so colorful and pretty, it really makes your that much more eager to drink up!! Haha!

  2. This beats soda AND sugary fruit punch by a mile! I definitely want to dive in, the color is so bright red it brings back many memories of that Hawaiian Punch stuff I used to love. But unlike that stuff this actually has real fruit in it πŸ˜€ I don’t put grapes into many juices or smoothies, but I bet they add a lot of natural sweetness, great idea! This would be perfect served over some frozen berry or grape ice cubes too!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Natalie! Yes, I wanted a dark red to it, so that’s why I added both blueberries and grapes and it gave the color I wanted as well as so much flavor! So delicious!!

  3. Looks incredible. I’m the same way during summer – I crave carbonation but haven’t touched sodas (or as we say where I grew up: pop) for 20+ years. I pretty much live on sodium-free seltzer! I love the idea of adding beautiful fresh fruit juice to it.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thanks so much Annie! I was surprised at how delicious it turned out. I literally was winging it haha!

  4. This looks so refreshing Brandi. I never drink soda, ick! One of my favorite drinks is sparkling water with a splash of lemonade, so I know that I’d like this. πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yeah, it’s been many years for me as well! But for some reason I’m craving carbonation lately, haha! This hit the spot!

  5. This is so fun! I love that it’s bubbly! That makes everything better! Sweet and delish!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Rebecca! I loved the bubbly too, that is what I have been craving!

  6. How beautiful! I have to make this at my next gathering. I’m glad you reposted it, too. I missed it the first time.

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  7. I will feel so fancy drinking this! I just love all the gorgeous colors and great flavors.

  8. Slurp slurp slurp slurp…that’s me head first inside those glasses….this looks SO good! I seriously want to sit in an inter tube inside that giant carafe and drink my way out.

  9. Fruit Punch is just the BEST flavored drink EVER! It’s nostalgic but also PERFECTION for adults! πŸ˜‰

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Gigi, it is pretty tasty!

  10. Oh my goodness! I am just loving this stunning, gorgeous, refreshing and vibrant punch! Fabulous share! πŸ™‚

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thanks so much, you are so sweet!

  11. Oh my goodness girl!! This looks SO darn refreshing and SO perfect for Summer!! I would LOVE to serve this at a Summer BBQ. And the color is simply gorgeous as well! It reminds me a bit of a virgin Sangria!! YUMM!! Saving this one to make this summer!!

  12. I’ve been craving fizzy drinks at the moment too – it’s so weird! I keep on craving lemonade lol. I looove a fruit punch, and I’m so glad you’ve shared a healthy version – I’ll definitely have to try this as I’m sure it will sort out those cravings! Such a great idea using sparkling water for the fizz. This looks so tasty, and it has such a beautiful colour. It’s the ultimate summer drink!

  13. This would be the perfect refreshment right now! It’s crazy hot here – I’m actually sitting here with an ice pack to cool me down. lol. Gorgeous photos as well! I’d love to serve this fruit punch at the next party πŸ™‚

  14. Who could resist a glass of these fizzy punch! They look so refreshing.

  15. “Don’t you just want to dive into the picture and grab a drink?”

    Why, yes. Yes, I do.

    In fact, I’d swim in a pool of it if you’d make enough for me. πŸ˜‰

    I have to admit, pop is one of the things that I still struggle with–even after cleaning up my diet. (I gave up dairy with very little problem, but pop has maintained its grip on me for some reason.) I think I love the bubbles more than the taste, so this punch fits the bill! I can’t wait to try it! Have you tried using frozen and thawed fruit? (I’m thinking ahead to winter when the berries won’t be as available.)

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thanks so much Nichole!! I’m sure frozen and thawed fruit would work just fine! Might even make it a little icy, which would be super yummy!

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