Ponche: Mexican Christmas Punch

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My favorite beverage during Christmas is called Ponche or Mexican Christmas Punch. Easy to make, aromatic and delicious, learn how to make it step by step.

Two glass cups with ponche, cinnamon and fruit

Many families in Mexico begin preparing Ponche as soon as The Posadas begin (9 days before Christmas). It’s the perfect beverage for cold nights– sweet, delicious and warm.

A couple of years ago, I shared a ponche navideño recipe made with tamarindo and piloncillo. Today, I would like to share another recipe made with sugar and jamaica.

RELATED POST: How to Celebrate Las Posadas

tejocotes, sugarcane, guava, cinnamon, apples and hibiscus flowers

But before I do that, I want to share a couple of secrets I learned from one of my aunts.

1. When buying apples, she says to buy the ones that look oldest, that is to say, the ones whose skins look a little wrinkled, they are sweeter.

2. When you buy the guavas (guayabas), buy the ones that are ripest, some will have brown spots and are very soft to the touch.

The following recipe is enough for 30 servings, if you don’t need that much the recipe is easily halved. It’s delicious warm, but taste great cold, too.

Mexican Christmas Punch Ponche Mexicano Navideño

Yields about 10 liters (a little over 2.5 gallons)

Ingredients

  • 5 large apples or 10 small apples cut into quarters
  • 10-12 guayabas cut in half
  • 20-25 tejocotes (apple hawthorn) cut in half
  • 1-2 sugar canes (ask for them to be cut into pieces, each will give you approximately 5-6 pieces of (20 cm or 8 in) each
  • 1/2 lb prunes (1/4 kg)
  • 2 handfuls of dry jamaica
  • 5 large sticks of cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 kilograms (about 3 lbs) sugar (if you want it to be sweet)
  • water

Utensils

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 4 gallon pot

Process

Peel the sugar cane pieces and split them lengthwise (see photo)

A person peeling sugarcane

Place all the ingredients in a large pot (it needs to hold about 4 gallons).

sugarcane sticks, tejocotes, guavas and apples cut in halves

Fill the pot to near the top with water and heat on high. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30-40 minutes or until all the fruits are cooked and have changed color completely.

Here the fruit still looks uncooked.

fruit floating in water in a big pot

Here all the fruit looks cooked.

cooked fruit floating in water in a big pot

When it’s ready, turn the heat off and let it rest with the top on for at least 4 hours. (In reality, you can drink it when it is finished cooking, but if you let it sit for the full 4 hours, it will be much tastier).

We prepare it in the mornings, and in the evenings, before the Posadas or on Christmas Eve, we heat it up and enjoy it!

Two glass cups on top of white plates filled up with Mexican ponche

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!  

Buen Provecho!

Ponche Mexican Christmas Punch
5 from 2 votes

Mexican Christmas Punch (Ponche Mexicano Navideño)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 40 cups
Calories: 179kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 large apples or 10 small apples cut into quarters
  • 12 guayabas cut in half
  • 20 tejocotes  apple hawthorn cut in half
  • 2 sugar canes ask for them to be cut into pieces, each will give you approximately 5-6 pieces of (20 cm or 8 in each
  • 1/2 lb prunes 1/4 kg
  • 2 handfuls of dry hibiscus flowers
  • 5 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 cups sugar if you want it to be sweet
  • water

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 4 gallon pot

Instructions

  • Peel the sugar cane pieces and split them lengthwise (see photo)
  • Place all the ingredients in a large pot (it needs to hold about 4 gallons).
  • Fill the pot to near the top with water and heat on high. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30-40 minutes or until all the fruits are cooked and have changed color completely.
  • When it’s ready, turn the heat off and let it rest with the top on for at least 4 hours. (In reality, you can drink it when it is finished cooking, but if you let it sit for the full 4 hours, it will be much tastier).

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Christmas Punch (Ponche Mexicano Navideño)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 174mg5%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 217IU4%
Vitamin C 59mg72%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Hot Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make ponche?, what is Mexican ponche?
Author: Silvia

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Sonila
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Have to try your Mexican ponche recipe!! This punch looks so perfect for the holidays:)). Salud!!

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Alejandra Graf

love ponche so much! this mexican Christmas drink is the best

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This is very good direction, thanks so much. The ponche came out GREAT♡

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