Mexican Christmas Punch | GOYA

Ponche Navideño - Mexican Christmas Punch

No Mexican holiday party is complete without a hearty pot of hot ¡Ponche Navideño! This warm, spiced Christmas punch is made by simmering typical Mexican fruits with cane sugar and spices until the heavenly aroma permeates the home. Ponche is typically served in Mexico on Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) and during the posadas, the 9 day Celebration leading up to Christmas. During these days of celebration, a steaming pot of Ponche is always kept hot and ready for guests.

Serves 16

Prep time: 15 min.

Total time: 1 hr., 15 min.

Ingredients

1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (flor de Jamaica)

6 qts. (24 cups) water, divided

20 cloves

2 oranges

2 cups drained tejocotes from 1 jar (32 oz.) GOYA® Tejocotes/Manzanilla

1 package (14 oz.) frozen GOYA® Whole Guava

6 sugar cane sticks from 1 package (14 oz.) frozen GOYA® Whole Sugar Cane

2 cones (8 oz. each) GOYA® Brown Sugar Cane - Piloncillo, or 2 cups dark brown sugar

1 medium apple, chopped (about 1¾ cups)

1 medium pear, chopped (about 1½ cups)

1 cup pitted prunes (about 6 oz.), chopped

1 cup walnut halves (about 4 oz.)

½ cup raisins

4 GOYA® Cinnamon Sticks

Rum, brandy or tequila, to taste – optional

Directions

1. Bring hibiscus flowers and 1 qt. (4 cups) water to boil in medium pot over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let steep about 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, press sharp side of 10 cloves into one orange. Repeat with remaining cloves and orange. Quarter oranges.
3. Strain hibiscus mixture into large (10-12 qt.) pot; discard solids. To pot, add remaining 5 qts. (20 cups) water, clove-studded orange pieces, tejocotes, guava, sugar cane sticks, piloncillo, apple, pear, prunes, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon sticks. Bring water mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve piloncillo. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring gently, until flavors are completely infused and fruit is tender, about 1 hour.
4. To serve, ladle drink and fruit into serving mugs. Add liquor, if desired. Serve warm or chilled.

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Ponche
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What a great idea! Take a can of Ponche to any party, just warm it up and add the rum!

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