Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today is National Punch Day

By Diane Forrest,


Now I am assuming that the "Punch" is referring to the drink, and not action in the boxing ring.   It would really be embarrassing to tell you to do your best Mike Tyson moves on people when you are supposed to be drinking a nice cool drink! 

Punch is the term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice. The drink was introduced from India to England in the early seventeenth century; from there its use spread to other countries.  Punch is typically served at parties in large, wide bowls, known as punchbowls.

The following is my all-time favorite punch.  It is usually served at weddings or showers.  It is served like a slushy drink, partially frozen.  It is so wonderful that I can drink a gallon by myself.  The good thing about this recipe is that you can change the color to match your decorations, and you can make it before time, because it is frozen and will last in the freezer for a while.  I made this for my stepson's wedding reception, and since the colors were purple, I used grape jello.  For another friend I made it with the red jello.  I must caution you though, it says it will serve 75 people, well I wouldn't believe that.  It is so good people will be coming back for more.

Try this recipe for your next party or celebration, but if you aren't going to be having parties anytime soon, make up a batch and freeze it in smaller containers.  That way you can thaw a little at a time and have it whenever you get a craving.

For today, if you can whip up a big batch of punch to celebrate National Punch Day,  How about a nice Hawaiian Punch???

CRUNCHY PUNCH

2 packages jello ( any flavor)
4 c. boiling water
4 c. sugar
2 packages kool aid (same flavor as jello)
1 medium size bottle lemon juice
1 46 oz can pineapple juice (and any other fruit juice if desired)
2 bottles of sprite ( or ginger ale, 7 up)

Dissolve 2 packages of jello in 4 cups boiling water.( Do this in a large roasting pan)

Add 4 c sugar.  Dissolve 2 packages kool aid in 2 quarts warm water ( I just add this all to the pot at the same time)  Add lemon juice and pineapple juice.  Stir, let cool.  Freeze.  ( if you don’t normally have jugs, you can buy the jugs of water, use the water to make the punch, then fill the jugs with the punch to freeze.)  When you are ready to use the punch, set out 3 to 4 hours before ( depends on the weather, if it is summer, it thaws faster)  You want it slushy.  Cut the jug with a knife, then pour in punch bowl.  Add sprite to taste.
Makes 2 gallons or for 75 people.

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