According to several sources “punch”is a word and beverage with roots in India. The word punch is derived from the Hindi word paantsch meaning “five”and the drink was made from five ingredients:spirit,sugar,lemon,water and tea or spices. The delightful concoction was adopted by British sailors and brought back to Europe and later the New World.
Today punch is made from any number of ingredients,and it’s time to get creative! Brighten up your summer days with punch. Visit the Co-op to take advantage of a special sale –$1.49 each –on Santa Cruz Organics’32 oz. lemonade varieties,including:Original Lemonade,Original Limeade,Mango Lemonade,Strawberry Lemonade,Peach Lemonade,Raspberry Lemonade and Cherry Lemonade. Each one is a great base for a festive,fizzy punch for family and friends.
Combine flavors to suit your preference to make a fantastic vegan and gluten free beverage for all to enjoy. Try a Limeade base with slices of fresh ginger,sparkling water and fresh shredded basil. Or how about an herbal tea based punch? Just add your favorite fresh brewed herbal tea,cool with ice,and add fruit juice and water. The adventurous may want to add some zippy capsaicin (the active heat in chile peppers) to your punch –try spiced elixirs from Prometheus Springs’:Lemon Ginger,Spicy Pear or Black Pepper Pomegranate. Simply add some sparkling mineral water for lift and you’re off!
For picnics and meals on the move,don’t forget to bring some compostable or recycled plastic cups and straws. Available in the dry goods grocery aisle!
- 1 Santa Cruz Organics 32 oz. Lemonade
- 1 Santa Cruz Organics 32 oz. Raspberry Lemonade
- 1 liter (35 oz.) bottle Mountain Valley Springs or San Pellegrino mineral water
- Slices of fresh lemon or lime
- Ice cubes to keep cold
- Fruit sorbet or ice cream –try the Co-op’s organic Orange Sorbet
- 1 bottle Prometheus Springs spiced elixir (optional)
- Fresh mint and basil (optional)
In a large punch bowl mix the lemonades and spiced elixir together until well blended. Add sparkling water and mix. Immediately before serving:add slices of fresh fruit,herbs and top with scoops of fruit sherbet or sorbet. Serve with a smile. It’s punch time!
Posted by Claire