We have sailors of the British East India Company to thank for popularizing the spread of punch. It’s believed that punch originated somewhere in India, but thanks to a rise in sea travel during the 1600s, the popularity of this delicious drink began to spread. Although recipes for punch tend to vary, one thing is for sure: punch is darn delicious. On September 20, be sure to break out your favorite punch bowl and celebrate National Punch Day with your favorite drink concoction.
National Punch Day - History
Hawaiian Punch was invented
The childhood favorite, Hawaiian Punch, first made its way onto the scene.
The first punch houses began
Establishments dedicated to the distribution of punch began popping up all over England.
A punchy recipe
A young German adventurer named Johan Albrecht de Mandelslo penned the oldest known punch recipe.
The first usage of the word "punch" goes back to 1632.
National Punch Day Activities
1. Make your own
Break out your favorite punch bowl and invite some friends over. Stock up on several different ingredients so that you can customize the punch exactly to everybody's liking. Drink up!
2. Invest in a new punch bowl
Sure, punch is almost always delicious, but there's no denying that this fun drink is even more tantalizing when it's displayed in a pretty bowl. Investing in a punch bowl is a great way to ensure that you'll be able to display beautiful drinks for family and friends.
3. Create your own punch recipe
The Internet is filled with a ton of delicious punch recipes, but why not create a drink mix that is uniquely your own? Get creative by exploring with a few different ingredients. We'll kindly volunteer to be taste testers.
Super Punch Bowl Facts
1. Punch bowls are the new bottle service
Instead of offering bottle service, some bars are opting to simply serve up a giant bowl of boozy punch to the entire table.
2. Dive in
Courvoisier and Bompas & Parr hold the world record for the largest punch bowl ever: 4,000 liters.
3. Head case
According to some legends, Blackbeard's skull was used as a punch bowl.
Why We Love National Punch Day
A. Punch quenches our thirst
Sure, gulping down some water is a great way to hydrate, but sometimes plain old H2O just doesn't cut it. We don't know about you, but when we're at a party and thirst hits, looking around and finding a big punch bowl full of a delicious fruity beverage definitely hits the spot.
B. It's easy to throw together
If you're hosting a party, throwing together a quick punch is a great way to serve up a festive drink to your guests. With all of the different punch recipes that exist, you are sure to find a concoction that is sure to become a party hit.
C. Boozy or non-alcoholic versions are great
Punch is kid-friendly, but it is also an awesome drink to serve at a cocktail party. Keep it classy, or get a little wacky, as long as there is some sugar and water (and maybe some booze) involved, we're confident your punch recipe will become a crowd-pleaser.