Anyway, as everyone who's anyone probably already knows, today is National Punch Day. But what you may not have known (excited yet?) is the origin of the word punch! As we learn from punchbowl.com, the word punch comes from the Hindi panch, which means five. This was in reference to the original five ingredients in this exotic drink that traders with the British East India Company brought to England from the east: spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice -- which actually sounds pretty delicious. Who knew?!
(Note: Punchbowl.com informs us that this week is also National Singles Week. It could be my excitement over stuff like this that keeps me celebrating that holiday as well....Sigh...)
--thanks to Old Shoe Woman for the photo!