NATIONAL PUNCH DAY

Friday, September 20, 2019

National Punch Day is observed each year on September 20. While there are several directions this day could go, such as honoring tools used to make holes or a day created to throw a few punches at a punching bag, we will direct you toward the thirst quenching version of the delicious, refreshing drink. You have to try this delightful Champagne Punch for Two recipe listed below.

 

National Punch Day is listed as one many American Food Holidays. A wide assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, fall into the category of punch. Often made with a combination of fruit juice and a carbonated beverage, a punch is served at parties weddings and other celebrations in large, wide bowls known as punch bowls.

Five Food Finds about Punch:

• The word punch is a loanword from Hindi panch (meaning five).

• The drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices.

• The original drink was named paantsch.

• Soft drink manufacturers today distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages.

• Typically they are red in color and despite the name, they only contain a small fraction of actual fruit juice with the major constituents being sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors.

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Champagne Punch for Two

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2 Servings
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INGREDIENTS

• 3 tablespoons grenadine
• 3 tablespoons Cointreau
• 2 tablespoons brandy
• 1 3/4 cups champagne
• Raspberries, apples, or other seasonal fruit

DIRECTIONS

1. Fill a small ice bucket halfway with ice.

2. Pour grenadine, Cointreau, brandy, and champagne over ice.

3. Stir gently, and ladle punch into 2 wide-mouthed stemmed glasses.

4. Garnish punch with raspberries, apples, or any other fruit in season.

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