National Punch Day
National Punch Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on September 20th and celebrates a drink that generally contains fruit juices and/or fruits and can be made in alcoholic or non-alcoholic iterations. It’s widely accepted that this drink was first introduced to England from the Indian subcontinent by employees of the East India Company.
Supposedly, it was introduced to England in the late 17th century and immediately became popular at parties and state functions. Although in most countries of the world, the word punch is used to describe drinks made with fruit juices, in the U.S. the opposite is true. Federal regulations allow the term punch to be used to describe commercial beverages that do not contain fruit juice and/or fruit.
The History Of National Punch Day
The original version of punch that was important to England from India was named paantsch. It’s believed the word “punch” is a Hindi loan word that means “five.” It’s believed this word was used because the original drink was made with five different ingredients: Sugar, juice, water, spices, and alcohol. The word punch was first written down in English documents in 1632.
Interesting Facts About Punch
Anyone wanting to learn more about punch can stick around and check out the following facts that we’ve learned about this beverage while we were researching National Punch Day. Let’s take a peek at them.
- Hawaiian Punch was created by A.W Leo, Ralph Harrison, and Tom Yates in 1934 in Fullerton, California.
- Jungle juice is a homemade punch made with a variety of juices, fruits, and different types of alcohol.
- By the end of the 17th century, Punch Houses became common.
Observing National Punch Day
It’s our personal opinion that this holiday should be celebrated by making your own punch. And since there are so many different punch recipes, you have plenty of options available to you.
It’s easy to make the original punch recipe (made with lime juice) or one of the traditional fall and holiday punch recipes out there on the World Wide Web. After making your favorite punch recipe, be sure to let us all know about it using the hashtag #NationalPunchDay.