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Punch

May 23, 2012

Tags: punch, history of punch, Planter's Punch

Summer doesn’t begin on June 21, or on the first real beach day. It begins on the day when you get the inspiration to make some punch. And---just like paying taxes and exiting the planet---you’ll end up doing it sooner or later.

Most historians believe that punch was invented in India. Employees of the British East India Company brought it back with them in the 17th century, and it quickly became part of life in the British navy. It was originally concocted in 72-gallon casks called puncheons, which evolved into the modern punch bowl. By the 19th century punch bowls were a standard item in British households, and the fashion had spread to America as well. (more…)