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Serves

10

RECIPE

Ponche Navideño (Mexican Christmas Punch)

Scarlett Palmer

This Mexican traditional drink is created in many Mexican households every year for the Christmas holiday. The apple, cinnamon, guavas and unique Tejocotes are sure to fill your home with the aroma of Christmas. Once you try this drink, it’s sure to become a tradition in your family.

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts of Water
  • 10 Tejocotes
  • 4 peeled Oranges, Cut into Wedges
  • 4 Guavas
  • 2 Sugar Cane Sticks (about 5 in. long)
  • 4 Prunes Pitted
  • 4 Apples, Peeled, Cored and Cut into Wedges
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 bunch of Hibiscus
  • ¼ cup of Sugar

Instructions

Add Cinnamon sticks to about 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add 2 quarts of cold water which will allow the Cinnamon to release its color. Then add the Hibiscus and Tejocotes and bring to a boil on medium heat. Once boiling bring heat to low and allow fruit to simmer for about 15 minutes. Once Tejocotes have softened, remove from water, de-seed and peel.

Add the prepared Tejocotes back along with the remaining ingredients. Let the fruit simmer for 30 to 45 minutes or until fruit is extremely softened.

Remove Cinnamon sticks and serve with the steeped fruit inside.

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