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Easy Punch Recipes

Rita Putatunda
The punch recipe has some interesting history behind it. Learn more about it as well as some yummy and easy punch recipes.
The term 'punch' is originated from the Indian word 'panch', which means five, indicating that five ingredients were originally used to make the concoction. In fact, it is thought that in the 16th century, British sailors found a fully formed punch recipe in India. However, as is usual with history, and recipes, there are several variations to the story.
A theory about punch recipe is that the 5 ingredients reflect 5 distinct constituents required in punch―sour, sweet, weak, bitter, and alcohol. The ingredients that were used then were lemon juice, sugar, beer, a bitter aperitif, and a pure form of alcohol.
According to another theory, however, the punch recipe was made up of entirely different ingredients, which involved using water, lemons, sugar, arrack, and tea.
And then there are those who say that the word punch was most probably pronounced as 'poonch', as it is still called in northern parts of England, and hence, its Indian origins are not probable, particularly since the number of ingredients have never been as fixed at any time.
Furthermore, according to various early references of the word, it is shown that punch was especially a drink favored by seamen, and therefore the suggestion is that it may not have originated in India, but perhaps on the way there, with the sailors abbreviating the word 'puncheon' to 'punch'.
These days, the ingredients that make up punch recipes are usually spirits or wine with hot water, tea or milk, which is flavored with sugar, some cordial or spice, and lemon.
Amongst all the alcoholic spirits that work beautifully well with punch, rum is the one that is the most popular, and amongst the fruits, it is lime that is usually used. So, here are some really easy punch recipes for you to enjoy.

Minty Julep Punch

  • 3¼ cups bourbon
  • 1 cup mint jelly
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 6 cups pineapple juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 7 cups lime soda
  • Ice mold
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint leaves
  • Lemon slices
Before mixing the ingredients, chill them well. Put 2 cups of water and mint jelly in a saucepan, and heat it, stirring until the jelly melts. Then, allow it to cool. Add the lime juice, pineapple juice, bourbon, and the rest of the water to the mixture, and chill it.
When serving, pour the chilled mixture on top of a block of ice, and then gradually pour in the soda while stirring. Use fresh mint leaves and slices of lemon to garnish.

Gingery Rum Punch

  • 1½ cups rum
  • 1 large piece of ginger (fresh and chopped)
  • 5 cups pineapple juice (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 liters grapefruit soda
  • 4-5 cups club soda
All the ingredients need to be chilled before they are mixed. Put the ginger, water, and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat it until the mixture boils. Then, lowering the heat, allow it to simmer for around 15-20 minutes. Then let it cool.
Strain the liquid to extract the ginger from it, and then pour it into a punch bowl. Add the pineapple juice and rum to it. Then, just before it is served, add in the club soda and grapefruit soda. Add an ice mold, and serve on crushed ice.

Rum Punch Tropicana

  • 3 cups light rum or Malibu Rum (to taste)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 6 cups pineapple juice (unsweetened)
  • 8 cups guava nectar
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
All the ingredients should be chilled before they are mixed. Put all the ingredients in a large punch bowl and mix them well. Add a block of ice or an ice mold, and serve on crushed ice.

Divine Wine Punch

  • 10 cups claret wine
  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ cups brandy
  • 1½ cups orange liqueur
  • 4 cups club soda
  • Powdered sugar or sugar syrup
  • Ice mold
All the ingredients should be chilled before mixing. Add the sugar or sugar syrup to the lemon juice to sweeten it, and pour it into a punch bowl. Then, add the wine, brandy, and orange liqueur; mix well. Just before serving, add the club soda and an ice mold.

Easy Strawberry Punch

  • 1 can frozen strawberry juice concentrate (12 fluid ounce)
  • 1 can pineapple juice (46 fluid ounce)
  • 1 liter ginger ale
  • 3 cups water
Combine the strawberry juice, pineapple juice, and water in a punch bowl, and chill the mixture. Just before serving, add the ginger ale to it. Add an ice mold, and serve on crushed ice.