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3 white mugs with Mexican Christmas punch.

Ponche Navideño (Christmas Punch)

Warm up with this classic Ponche Mexicano recipe! It’s so easy to make. Gather a few basic ingredients and you’ll be sipping this warm drink in less than 1 hour! Recipe yields about 12 mugs of punch but multiply as desired.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 mugs
Calories 150kcal
Author Ana Frias


The liquid base

  • 1 gallon (16 cups/4 liters) water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3 tamarindo pods peeled
  • 1 large cinnamon stick or 3 small
  • 8 ounce piloncillo or 1 cup sugar Or more according to taste
  • 4 cloves

The Fruits (amounts and fruits are according to taste)

  • 10 tejocotes or 2 apples cut in halves
  • 2 pears chopped
  • 1 to 2 apples chopped
  • 4 to 5 guavas cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 to 4 (about 5 inches long) sugarcane sticks peeled and sliced into sticks
  • 5 mandarins or (2 oranges cut into slices) peeled
  • 7 oz prunes, dried cranberries or raisins


  • Add the water to a large stockpot and set to high heat. Add the jamaica, tamarindo pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves and piloncillo/sugar. Cover and boil for about 15 minutes.
  • Optional, you can strain the liquid in order to remove the hibiscus, tamarindo pods and cloves prior to adding the fruit. This way they're not served on the drink.
  • Add all of the fruit, cover and bring to a soft boil. Once it starts to boil uncover and cook for 15 minutes. Cooking it for this long will leave a little crunch on the fruit. If you like soft fruit, cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more sugar according to taste.
  • Remove from heat and cover pot. Let it steep for another 15 minutes. ½
  • Note on guavas (guayabas) if you add any: If they're very soft, then you can place whole or cut in halves. If they're very firm, cut into 8 pieces. If you have guavas from a jar, then add at the last 5 minute as they're already cooked.


  • Slow Cooker Option: Combine all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, cover, and cook over high heat until the fruit is soft, about 1 ½ hour to 2 hours.
  • To store any Ponche leftovers, wait until it cools off then place in a jar and cover with plastic wrap or a lid. For best flavors consume within a week. 


Serving: 1mug w/fruit | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 31g | Fiber: 5g | Potassium: 149mg | Calories: 150kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 37g