Mexican Ponche

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If you, like me, live outside Mexico, especially in the United States, and want to make Mexican Ponche for the holidays, this recipe is for you!

I’ve shared a recipe for ponche before, Mexican Christmas Ponche like we make it in Mexico, but by that was meant, if by chance, you had all the fresh ingredients straight from the produce market.

Guayabas y tejocotes en almibar

As you well know, it can be difficult to get fresh Mexican fruits for this festive beverage, most especially guayabas and tejocotes (and my mom says if you don’t have tejocotes, it’s not ponche!).

So this recipe is adapted to give you the rich flavor of ponche with ingredients that you can find in the USA.

What is Ponche?

If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Mexican ponche before, I will tell you a bit about it.

Ponche is an exquisite drink, warm and full of flavor. Generally, in Mexico, it’s prepared for Las Posadas (celebrations that go for 9 days before Christmas), Christmas, and sometimes for Three Kings Day.

It’s not an alcoholic beverage, like many believe, but you can add a touch of rum or brandy when your serve it if you wish.

Ponche mexicano con fruta en almibar

This one today is adapted to be more user-friendly in the USA. Some ingredients like the guayabas and tejocotes in syrup you can find in the Hispanic foods aisle at your supermarket.

I found these in a Food 4 Less store, they also are commonly found in Food Max stores. Vallarta Markets or other markets that serve Latinos are good possibilities, too.

Look for the Tamarind in the Mexican spice section, generally they sell them in bulk.

Mexican Ponche

A special recipe for those who live in the United States.

Serves approx 28 delicious cups

  • 24 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar* or 2 piloncillos (coned-shaped, mexican rock sugar)
  • 7 apples, cored and chopped
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup raisins (sometimes I use different types)
  • 10 tamarind pods, peeled and seeded
  • 20 tejocotes in syrup cut in half and seeded
  • 1/2 cup tejocote syrup
  • 1 (800 gr / 1 lb 12 oz) can of guavas in syrup (also know as guayabas mexicanas)
  • (My friend Hilda, from Guatemala, also adds pineapple and probably other delicious things, too)

Pour water into a very large pot and place on stove over high heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for 30-40 minutes until the apples are cooked. Stir occasionally.

*Please adjust sugar, if you like it sweeter add more.

You can serve it immediately, however, I like to let it rest for a few hours to let the flavors combine, or even make it a day ahead of time. You can reheat it if you like, but it is also as tasty cool as it is hot.

ponche mexicano con frutas en almibar para la navidad

¡Felices fiestas! Happy Holidays!

Enjoy!

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ponche mexicano con frutas en almibar para la navidad
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Mexican Ponche

A special recipe for those who live in the United States.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 28 cups
Calories: 139kcal

Ingredients

  • 24 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar (or 2 big piloncillos, a coned-shaped, Mexican rock sugar)
  • 8 apples cored and chopped
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup raisins sometimes I use different types
  • 10 tamarind pods peeled and seeded
  • 20 tejocotes in syrup cut in half and seeded
  • 1/2 cup tejocote syrup
  • 1 800 gr / 1 lb 12 oz can of guavas in syrup (also know as guyabas mexicanas)

Instructions

  • Pour water into a very large pot and place on stove over high heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for 30-40 minutes until the apples are cooked. Stir occasionally.
  • Please adjust the sugar. If you like it sweeter add more to taste.
  • You can serve it immediately, however, I like to let it rest for a few hours to let the flavors combine, or even make it a day ahead of time. You can reheat it if you like, but it is also as tasty cool as it is hot.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Ponche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 28IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Hot Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican

Notes

My friend Hilda, from Guatemala, also adds pineapple and probably other delicious things, too
 
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Kate

Ponche is the BEST! It took me forever to figure out what the tejocotes in syrup were. I thought they were crab apples. 🙂

Enriqueta E Lemoine

Silvia you have no idea about how much I love this Mexican punch!

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