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Groundhog Day punch and other reasons to wish for six more weeks of winter

Katie Weinner

So, how are you going to celebrate the most popular holiday in February? You know, Feb. 2? Still confused? Well, you’re not the only one. Everybody (in Punxsutawney, Penn.) anyway, knows that Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day! No, this day doesn’t include flowers for your girlfriend, green beer or hunting for eggs, but with the help of our local bartenders, this year will include Groundhog Punch a.k.a. Punxsutawney Punch (for those folks from PA). First, here’s a quick tutorial on the history of Groundhog Day. The holiday was originally called Candlemas Day centuries ago where it originated in Germany. Before the groundhog-predicting tradition started in the U.S., the Germans used hedgehogs as weather predictors. On Candlemas Day, candles were handed out to the people, and a hedgehog’s shadow would predict the weather to come. The belief stated, “if the hedgehog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of wintry weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.” The celebration was carried to Punxsutawney, Penn. when the first settlers arrived around the 1800s. With the lack of hedgehogs to help out their predictions, the wise and worldly groundhog took the hedgehog’s place. Fondly known as Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting groundhog has become a rodent-cult celebrity with his 120 years of predicting the weather! Phil is 120 years old? Yes, Punxsutawney Phil the famous Groundhog has been sipping Punxsutawney/Groundhog Punch for over a century. It must pack quite a “Punch.” Did you know that this elixir of eternal youth is keeping this holiday afloat? Legend has it that drinking the mysterious Punxatawney Punch annually adds seven years to a groundhog’s life. Imagine what this punch can do for you! The recipe has been kept secret and heavily guarded, until now. With the help of several creative, local bartenders we can turn one seemingly obscure holiday into the next recipe for youthful madness.To taste original recipes of Groundhog Punch, the following bartenders have generously volunteered their talents to formulate the finest concoctions designed to tantalize your tongue, making this a most memorable Groundhog DayBALBOA- Created by Ian the BartenderGroundhog Punch Recipe-1.5 oz Blue Ice VodkaGuava JuicePineapple JuiceSecret Ingredients Taste Tester Comments:”This will instantly remind Phil of his days at Squaw where the sun shines 300 days a year.”What else is happening at Balboa*$3 Holiday Groundhog Punch*Every Tuesday night is Balboa Mini Night. Mini Burgers and PBR’s are $2*Outdoor patio DJ on SundaysPAST TIME CLUB- Created by Jeremy the Bartender (His Mom’s birthday is on Groundhog Day!)Groundhog Punch Recipe-Coffee liquorIrish Cream liquorHazelnut float Taste Tester Comments:”Warm, fuzzy coffee shot for an extra 10 weeks of winter.” “Little more “Whoa,” then “Hey!” “Has more Whoa!” “Bit me in the back.”What else is happening at Past Time Club*Holiday Special $3 Groundhog Punch *Two Out Rally is playing on Feb. 2 with the sound elements of rock, funk, jazz, folk and electronica. PETE AND PETERS- Created by Suzie the Bartender (She created a hot and cold one depending on the groundhog’s prediction)Groundhog Punch RecipeHot ColdFrangelica (Hazelnut) Absolut RaspberryBlackberry Brandy Orange JuiceCoffeeCranberry SodaTaste Tester Comments:”That is so cool you have a hot and cold drink””Mmm, I could drink about 10 of the cold ones, that’s scary”What else is happening at Pete and Peters*Playing Superbowl Sunday six televisions*Everyday all day, $5 Jager shot and a Budweiser PIERCE STREET- Created by Anette the bartenderGroundhog Punch RecipeAbsolut Mandarin Triple Sec Orange JuiceCranberrySplash of sodaTaste Tester Comments:”That’s one hell of a punch””Punchy looking””A lot of people like Vodka”TRADEWINDS-Created by Sam the bartenderGroundhog Day RecipeCinnamon SchnappsAmarettoTuacaSplash CranberryTaste Tester Comments:”Cinnamon Schnapps to warm you up through the winter to come, Amaretto because the groundhog eats nuts and Tuaca because it’s great.””Groundhog Day is Aug. 1 right?”PUNCH FOR THE KIDS!One last idea for families or anyone who’s staying underground for the holiday. Try our recipe for a kiddy cocktail!Groundhog Day RecipeOrange Hi-CStrawberriesScoop of vanilla ice cream Mix it, alter it or blend it!