With all the holidays coming it is only natural that our thoughts turn to what punch we serve at our parties. Well, maybe not natural, but important. Well today is the day for that thought process to begin. It’s National Punch Day, a day to reflect on punch, plan your punch and to start punching!
Though I find no evidence to support my theory, I think punch was invented when some cook had a bunch of fruit juices left over from other drinks, but not enough to serve alone, and put everything together. Some mixtures probably turned out well while others, not so much. When the taste wasn’t what was expected, meaning good, they probably added booze to it so that no one cared.
Adding fruit to punch has made it prettier, and probably more palatable. Let us remember though, that many of our alcoholic drinks come from some mixture of fruit so it also served it’s purpose of making some parties a little happier than they might otherwise have been.
Not all punches need to be alcoholic in nature. In fact, here are some recipes that do not call for alcohol at all. Of course, most will find booze being added either on purpose or “by accident”.
How to celebrate – Enjoy a nice punch today, just don’t ask for a Hawaiian Punch. Try and make your own punch recipe. Throw a party just so you can serve punch.