Punch may not have originated in America, but like pizza and military dominance, we’ve embraced it as our own. The original punch recipes came from India, went to Britain, and eventually came up through the Caribbean on its way to the land of the free.
The word “punch” has debatable origins, but our favorite comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” meaning “five.” Therefore, all proper punches must have five ingredients: one sour, two sweet, three strong, four weak, and finally some spices to round out the mixture.
The first punch recipes were nothing like the mixture of cheap liquor and Kool-Aid you got at your high school reunion. Punch was created as a complex cocktail, favored in the 18th century by Europe’s elite. Punch parties are something of legend, with some accounts telling of punch bowls large enough for boats to paddle about in. The ingredients included 80 casks of brandy, 20,000 limes, and 1,300 pounds of sugar!
Check out this AITA favorite, SNAP Haymaker’s Punch, prepared in the video below by the Reverend Michael Allen.
In the spirit of national punch day, call together an impromptu party of your closest friends, pick up some SNAP, and celebrate with Haymaker’s Punch!