September 20th National Punch Day

Today we celebrate punch. The problem is, no one said which kind of punch we are celebrating. Is it the drink, normally spiked when it’s not supposed to be, the hit from a fist either made in anger or sport, or the tool used to punch a hole in something, generally related to leather. It’s so confusing. I don;t know which to celebrate, or should I celebrate all three to cover my bases!?! I think I’ll make a fist around the tool and hit the surface of the liquid so that I can put to use all three applications at the same time!

How to celebrate – Determine which punch you want to celebrate. Don’t forget to spike the drinkable punch making it oh so much more fun. Don’t forget about the punch line to every joke ever told.

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.

September 20th National Punch Day

This day is open to your celebrating a number of different things, since none are highlighted I guess it’s your choice! You can punch someone (in the arm), you can have punch as a drink, you can use the tool called a punch to cut through wood or metal, or you can celebrate Punch and Judy the puppets. I am sure there are probably more punches out there that I’m not familiar with. So pick your punch and celebrate, but if it’s the hitting kind, be nice! Maybe you can celebrate them all on the same day if you are ambitious!

How to celebrate – Pick your punch and go for it. Dress up like Punch (from Punch and Judy). Remember all those times as a kid you tried to spike the punch!

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.

September 20th National Punch Day

With the holidays just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about the punch you will serve at all your parties. Or, if there aren’t any parties then punch for yourself!

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Punch evidently comes from the Indian culture, Hindi to be exact. It is believed that sailors, traveling to India from England, re-introducing the beverage to the public once reaching their home port. In Hindi it is called “panch” (when translated means 5) and originally was made with an alcohol of choice, sugar, lemon, water and tea, or spices. When combined it is called “Paantsch”.

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No matter what you call it, it’s still all, sort of, the same. It is a beverage you serve to try and impress your friends, neighbors, and family. Sometimes it can be very tasty, and sometimes it can be just a little above the flavor of gasoline, but no matter, it is festive and just spells p-a-r-t-y!

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Punch can be very fun at Halloween. Dry ice makes it bubble and creates fog. Here’s a recipe for you. It really helps set the mood  and gets the party started (remember don’t accidentally handle the dry ice bare handed).

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And Christmas is another holiday just ripe for punch. Here are a few ideas for you.

The holidays deserve a special kick to get everyone in the mood. They don’t have to be alcoholic, but it does help!

How to celebrate – Since on the “National Holiday” list every day is a holiday, come up with a punch to celebrate every day! Plan your upcoming parties around your punch! Be a great guest, and take some punch to a host’s party!