September 20th National Punch Day

This can be a very confusing day since punch can mean so many different things. It can be punching somebody, punching some thing, punching a clock or the drinking punch. I suppose since there is no guidance as to which it means it’s your choice, please choose wisely. I prefer to think of it as the punch that you drink. That can either be spiked, or not spiked as your preference, and age, chooses. It can also include so many different flavors and presentation styles that it also becomes confusing. Or, you can just go back to bed and wait to get up until tomorrow.

How to celebrate – Come up with a new style punch. See if you can find an old time punch clock. Get yourself a punching bag.

July 19th National Daiquiri Day

A daiquiri is made from rum, lime juice, sugar and lots of ice, suggested addition is a fruit flavoring of your choice… probably strawberry but really any fruit will do. All is shaken and served cold. Jennings Stockton Cox is credited with inventing the drink, he was an American mining engineer. (Lets hope he wasn’t drinking a daiquiri while design his mines.) In the 1940’s Ernest Hemingway was credited with concocting the frozen daiquiri when a bartender accidentally used a blender to make his drink.

How to celebrate – Have a daiquiri. Make up your own recipe for a daiquiri. Make a virgin daiquiri for the kids.

March 16th Tea For Two Tuesday

There’s a lot of T(s) going on here. But that makes it easy to remember! The date does change every year as this holiday always falls on the third Tuesday of March and it is a day to have a cup of tea either with a friend or a loved one, or if you are desperate, even a total stranger! (Just remember to wear a mask) There is no special reason for the day, it was created by Holiday Insights in 2016 when we could all still get together and enjoy someone’s company. If you like tea, this will be a welcome day. It’s healthier for you than most drinks and it is not a drink to be rushed. It is sipped slowly while enjoying someone’s company.

How to celebrate – Have a tea party. (But only for two) Identify which type of tea you like best. Visit the site of the Boston Tea Party!

December 24th National Egg Nog Day

How nice that National Egg Nog Day falls on Christmas Eve. That drink that is so creamy and filled with flavor even before you add your rum, vodka or cognac. Now I know there are people out there that think Egg Nog is too thick but how many other drinks can you name that you can drink and eat at the same time! It is so good that they have made it into coffee creamers, ice cream and even pieces of candy! If you don’t like Egg Nog, good luck avoiding it today because it is, after-all, National Egg Nog Day.

How to celebrate – Have some Egg Nog! Make your own Egg Nog, even though it’s cheaper to just buy it. Have a Merry Christmas Eve.

June 20th National Smoothie Day

June 20th National Smoothie Day

I don’t really know how long smoothies have been around. It seems like forever but I don’t think Wild Bill Hickock was enjoying a smoothie on his buffalo hunts. Smoothies are a healthy drink, normally. They contain vitamins and minerals that we might not digest daily otherwise. We can sip on them or gulp them down (brain freeze warning!) and it doesn’t matter. We are satisfying our taste buds while getting those healthy boosts at the same time. That’s a win-win.

How to celebrate – Have a smoothie today. Make up your own new smoothie. Buy a blender.

September 20th National Punch Day

Today we all should enjoy our punch, even if you have to throw a special party to share it in. There are so many things you can add to a punch to make it different that the choices are nearly unlimited.  Fruit, ice cream, rum, vodka, soda, nearly anything goes well, depending on your base.

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Punch has been around for a long, long time. It has always been served at parties and banquets and other social gatherings. It has been blamed for the young getting their first taste of alcohol. And as such, many recipes have been handed down over the years. Here are a few recipes you might enjoy.

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Just don’t order punch in Hawaii. (The joke from Would you like a nice Hawaiian punch!) The word punch comes from Sanskrit, which comes to us from India, where “punch” was served including 5 ingredients. Alcohol, lemon, water, sugar and tea, or other spices. The English sailors brought back the idea to England and it spread from there.

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Naturally, in the olden days, alcohol made a lot of foods and drinks served saver since water was often suspect. A punch also served a large number of people making it economical.For years only lemon was used to flavor the punch served, but over the years other flavors were discovered and now, lemon seems to be one of the least served punches.

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It also makes for a great Halloween treat when dry ice is added to make it fog. In fact it’s hard to find a holiday of any type where punch isn’t served. It’s fun and easy to make, is refreshing and nearly always a hit at parties.

How to celebrate – Make some punch today, it doesn’t need to be a special occasion. Invent your own punch recipe. Make up your own punch for every season.

September 20th National Punch Day

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.