If you are in need of a delicious Christmas beverage, look no further than this traditional Ponche Navideño, a Mexican Christmas Fruit Punch. Filled with delicious and unique ingredients, this recipe is sure to transport you somewhere a little warmer during the holiday season.
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TOTAL TIME: 1 H 8 MIN
– 4 quarts water – 2 cinnamon sticks – 8 whole cloves – 5 long tamarind pods, husk removed, and seeded or boil the entire pod to make removing easier – ½ pound tejocotes or crab apples, left whole – 6 large guavas, peeled and cut into large bite-size chunks – 2 red apples, of your choice, peeled, cored, and cut into small bite-size chunks – 1 pear, of your choice, peeled, cored, and cut into small bite-size chunks – 2 4-inch sugarcane sticks, peeled and cut into small chunks – 1 cup pitted prunes – 1/2 cup dark raisins – 1 orange, sliced – 1 cone piloncillo, chopped or 1 cup dark brown sugar – 1 ounce brandy or tequila per cup, optional
Step 1 – In a large pot, over high heat, boil water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, tamarind, and tejocotes. After it starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the tejocotes are soft.
Step 2 – Remove the tejocotes from the heat, peel, remove hard ends, cut in half, and deseed. Return them to the pot.
Step 3 – Add guavas, apples, pears, sugar cane, prunes, orange slices, and piloncillo.
Step 5 – Ladle into cups, making sure each cup gets some chunks of fruit.
Step 4 – Simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring gently. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves.
Step 6 – Add brandy or tequila to each cup (optional).
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