While this day could go in many directions, from throwing punches at punching bags or punching holes through a variety of objects using tools, it is more generally meant as the delicious beverage. 20th September has a strange food and drink combination – String cheese and punch. These two National days fall on the same day and should be celebrated, I say!
Cheesy and Fruity Facts:
- Fruit punch was introduced to the UK in the seventeenth century from India. Its use has spread to other countries since.
- “Punch” means “five” in Sanskrit because it was originally made with five ingredients.
- These five ingredients were: sugar, lemon, alcohol, water, and tea or spices.
- Courvoisier and Bompas & Parr have the world record for the largest punch bowl called, “the Architectural Punchbowl.” It held 4, 000 liters of “the Emperor’s Shrub” – a new cocktail. The entire room was transformed into the giant punch bowl.
- College and University students use a highly alcoholic punch as an extremely popular drink made with cheap ingredients.
- First recorded in 1632 in British documents, punch was made with a wine or brandy base at the time.
- Hawaiian punch was first created as an ice cream topping in 1934 in a garage.
- String cheese occurs when the manufacturing process aligns the proteins in the cheese.
- At 60 degrees Celsius, mozzarella milk proteins line up.
- Jeb Cubbs and Frank Baker invented the cheese in 1976
- White sugar – 2 ½ cups
- Water – 6 cups
- Pineapple juice – 1 can
- Strawberry flavored jelly mix – 2 packets
- Lemon juice – 2/3 cups
- Orange juice – 1 quart
- Lemon-lime flavored soda – 2 liters
- In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and strawberry flavored jelly to a boil for three minutes
- Stir in the lemon juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
- Freeze the mixture in two separate containers.
- Combine one container with a bottle of the lemon-lime soda in a punch or large bowl.
- Stir until slushy.
- Repeat with the leftover ingredients.
Add in some alcohol if there are no kids around. String cheese can also be used in a variety of recipes and can make a delicious snack. Try wrapping some sticks in some salami and place some toothpicks with olives through them to make some delicious finger-food. Or take it on a hike, make a homemade dinner with it or have it on a picnic. With so many uses, we sure can see the “a-peel.” Cheese sure is grate for any day. Whatever way you celebrate today, we sure hope it’s not a blue (or blue cheese) day.