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Ponche Navideño

Ponche Navideño

         My husband is originally from Mexico and one treat I always looked forward to every Christmas during our visits was the Ponche Navideño ( Christmas Punch) his family made at their gatherings. I finally decided to try making it on my own a few years back. I could honestly finish off an entire ola (pot) myself. The beauty of this belly warming beverage besides it amazing flavor and ability to calm you is just how easy it is to make. Oh and the aroma that will come from your kitchen is beyond amazing!

Served hot with pieces of fruit, Ponche Navideño

Served hot with pieces of fruit, Ponche Navideño

There are only a few months out of the year the main traditional fruit Tejocotes used in the ponche are available fresh. Shopping at your local Mexican market is going to be the best place to find them. I don't add piquete (liquor) to my ponche but traditionally you can add a splash of Brandy or Rum to your cup or directly into the pot. TIP: By keeping the liquor separate, the entire family can enjoy.

This hot drink is perfect for chilly evenings from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year's Eve and is a traditional beverage made for Posada celebrations in Mexico as well. Here what you will need and the simple steps to make it. 

An option of just some of the fresh ingredients you can use.

An option of just some of the fresh ingredients you can use.

Ingredients: 

Makes a large 5 quart pot : 

  • 2-3 Piloncillo Cones
  • 2-3 Sticks of Cinnamon
  • 2-large Oranges Halved
  • 1/2 Pineapple Chunked  
  • Dozen or more Tejocotes
  • 6-Whole Guava

You can also add Apple, Pears and Sugar Cane or dried fruits if you like.

Ponche Navideño

Directions:

In a large Ola (pot) add all your fruits and cover with water. The fruit should be cut up into bite sized pieces so it can be enjoyed with the ponche upon serving. Simmer over low heat.  

Add the cinnamon sticks and piloncillo, sampling along the way for sweetness and cinnamon level.

Remove cinnamon once desired flavor is attained so it doesn't start to break up.

Cook until the fruit is tender. Aprox 1-2 hours. 

Serve hot and enjoy! 

Tip. As you serve the ponche you can add more water as it will keep pulling the flavors from the fruit, you may need to add an additional piloncillo to maintain the sweetness. Provecho!

 

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