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Mexican Christmas Punch (Ponche Navideño) is a warm, deliciously fruity, naturally sweetened punch perfect for cold weather and especially the holidays!

Mexican Christmas Punch (Ponche Navideño)

Mexican Christmas Punch (Ponche Navideño) is a warm, deliciously fruity, naturally sweetened punch perfect for cold weather and especially the holidays!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 149 kcal

Ingredients

  • 20 cups (1 1/4 gallons) water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 ounces sugar cane peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 5 ounces tamarind peeled
  • 5 dried hibiscus flowers (flor de jamaica)
  • 1 orange peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 pounds apples unpeeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 pound guava fruit (guayabas)
  • 10 tejocotes (hawthorne apples) sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Fresh fruit for garnish
  • Tequila to taste, optional (but highly recommended)
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Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, bring water, cinnamon, sugar cane, tamarind, and hibiscus flowers to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the water turns dark brown, about 10 minutes (depending on your cinnamon sticks, the Ponche may be a pinkish color).

  2. Add oranges, apples, guava, and tejocotes and continue simmering 1 1/2 hours longer. Strain. Add sugar to taste (Ilike 1 cup.) Garnish with fresh fruit and serve. (Spike with tequila if you want to!)