Mexican Ponche

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!

mexican ponche in a ceramic cup garnished with a cinnamon stick on a Christmas table

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.

A ceramic cup with Mexican ponche and fruit on a red tablecloth

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

tecojotes (mexican hawthorne) on a cutting board
Tejocotes

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 (Mexican Christmas Fruit Punch) before, I will tell you a bit about it.

Ponche is an exquisite fruity 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.

guavas, apples, tecojotes and tamarin chopped in a glass bowl

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 (guavas) and tejocotes (Mexican Hawthorne) in syrup you can find in the Hispanic foods aisle at your supermarket.

Guayabas y tejocotes en almibar

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.

tamarind pots, cinnamon sticks, raisins and an apple on a cutting board

Mexican Ponche

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

Serves approx 28 delicious cups including fruit

Ingredients

  • 7 apples
  • 10 tamarind pods
  • 20 tejocotes in syrup
  • 1 (800 gr / 1 lb 12 oz) can of guavas in syrup (also know as guayabas mexicanas)
  • 24 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar* or 2 piloncillos (coned-shaped, mexican rock sugar)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup raisins (sometimes I use different types)
  • 1/2 cup tejocote syrup

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Large pot
  • Measuring cups

Process

Core and chop the apples. Peel and seed the tamarind pods. Seed and cut in half the tecojotes in syrup and halve the guavas in syrup.

chopped guavas, apples and tejocotes

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

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

apples and cinnamon stick floating on water in a pot

*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.

Mexican ponche in a ceramic cup on top of a Christmas tablecloth

¡Felices fiestas! Happy Holidays!

Enjoy!

Mexican ponche with fruit and cinnamon stick

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ponche mexicano con frutas en almibar para la navidad
5 from 9 votes

Mexican Ponche

This is a special recipe of Mexican Christmas punch for those who live in the United States or outside of Mexico and cannot find all the fresh fruits.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 28 cups
Calories: 139kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Core and chop the apples. Peel and seed the tamarind pods. Seed and cut in half the tecojotes in syrup and halve the guavas in syrup.
  • Pour water into a very large pot and place on stove over high heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Add the chopped fruit and 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
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
23
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
131
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
28
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Hot Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: how to make Mexican Christmas ponche, how to make Mexican ponche, How to make ponche without fresh tejocotes

Notes

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

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Wow, I love the sound of this Mexican Ponche. A warm fruit punch with raisins and cinnamon sticks? I can’t wait to try it!

Tammy

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Oh my gosh this sounds fantastic! I’ve never had this before but it sounds comforting and exotic. I’ll have to see if I can find the ingredients and try this soon!

Dennis Littley

5 stars
I haven’t had Ponche in years, it was delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe, now I can make it for my family!

Lauren Michael Harris

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I am definitely going to be on the lookout for tejocotes now! Our grocery store carries a lot of lesser known foods so I’m hopeful I can find it. I’ve never had anthing like this ponche before but love to try new foods!

Jessica

I never tried ponche before but am super excited to give it a shot. I love all of the ingredients so I imagine it will be spectacular!

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