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Punch Drink – A Favorite Drink Around The World!

As with many foods, the history of a punch drink is varied. One source states that its derivation is Persian meaning five, because 5 ingredients were initially combined to form this concoction. Another source states that its origin is British dating back to the seventeenth century. Punch referred to a cask that held 72 gallons of which a punch bowl could made.

Punch is typically served at parties in large, wide bowls known as punch bowls especially around the holidays.

There are many types of punches both alcoholic and nonalcoholic originating from various parts of the world.

Hawaiian Punch was created in 1934 as an ice cream topping. The main ingredients were original shipped from Hawaii.
In the early 1950s, it was discovered that a sweet drink could be made by mixing the topping with water. This is the basis for the drink we know today.

Rum punches are very popular in the Caribbean islands. Bajan Rum Punch is one of the oldest punches presumably created in the rum distilleries in Barbados. Travelers on cruises to the islands experience the “Rum Punch of the Day.”

Agua Loca is a very sweet potent drink you can experience in Mexico. Beware, the name literally means crazy water.

Sujeonggwa is a Korean traditional fruit punch and is made with persimmons, ginger and cinnamon.

Feuerzangenbowle is a German drink made with heated dry wine, cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange peel.

Kool-Aid, the basis for many punches, started as a fruit flavored liquid concentrate. In 1927, the powder form was created. Kool-aid as we know it now was distributed by General Foods as early as 1953.

This Louisiana Rum Tea Punch Recipe is a great addition to any party. The rum is optional!

Louisiana Rum Tea Punch Recipe

1 – 12 ounce can Canada Dry Ginger Ale 1 – 6 ounce can pineapple juice 2 1/2 cups Lipton Ice Tea Mix with Lemon (sweetened), do not add water Coconut Rum to Taste


Mix all ingredients (except rum) in a gallon container. Fill 3/4 full with water.
Add rum. Add ice.

Makes a gallon of delicious rum punch. Omit the rum. This Punch Drink is still great no matter where you live!

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