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Ponche Navideño- Christmas Fruit Punch

Raven Higheagle


This warm, aromatic beverage warms you from the inside out on those chilly winter nights,


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Serves 15
30 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 10 qt
    drinking water
  • 2 qt
    hot water
  • 8 to 10
  • 2
    tamarind pods
  • 6
  • 3 lb
    sugar cane (substitute piloncillo if needed)
  • 1/2 lb
  • 1 c
    green apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2
    pears, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large
    oranges (or 6 medium ones) juiced
  • 1 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 8 oz
    walnuts, chopped
  • 2 lb
  • 2
    cinnamon sticks
  • pt
    brandy (optional)

How to Make Ponche Navideño- Christmas Fruit Punch


  1. Soak the tamarind and the tejocotes in hot water for about an hour.
  2. Bring the 10 quarts of water to a boil in a very large pot, then reduce to a slow simmer.
  3. Remove the tamarind and the tejocotes from the soaking water and discard the water.
  4. Remove the brittle shells from the tamarind, and squeeze out the seeds from the pulp.
  5. Cut the tejocotes into quarters, removing the skin. Add the tamarind pulp and the tejocotes to the simmering water.
  6. Cut the guavas into quarters, and add them in.
  7. Chop or slice the sugar cane into chunks (remove the outer skin if it has it) and add them in.
  8. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. Remove cinnamon sticks before serving.
  9. Use a large ladle and serve each cup with the chunks of fruit.
  10. Mix in 1-2 ounces of brandy per serving. Or you can add the entire pint to the batch before serving.

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About Ponche Navideño- Christmas Fruit Punch

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks, Punches
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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