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Monday, January 5, 2015

Holiday Ponche Two Ways | Family Economics


Angie Ramirez 


For my family, the holidays mean making a lot of Mexican food like tamales, pozole, buñelos (Mexican fritters) and lots of yummy drinks. Now that I have my own little family to create memories with, we always love to add a spin to the traditional recipes our parents taught us.


Today, I will be showing you how to make an easy holiday drink called ponche that can be served hot or cold for New Year’s. Ponche is a Mexican holiday drink recipe most often served during the holidays, especially in Posadas. Ponche is served hot and with a splash of rum or brandy for the adults.

Some of the ponche’s ingredients may be hard to find, like guavas, piloncillo, or the sugar cane, but can often be found near the Hispanic Isle or in a Mexican Store. The base for ponche is made with winter fruits, water and brown sugar. Create your own family tradition by creating your own ponche recipe using different types of winter fruits.


2 cups of fresh cranberries
3 guavas (cut and diced)
3 large cinnamon sticks
2 apples, diced
1 orange, sliced
1 cone piloncillo (or 1 cup brown sugar)
1 stalk sugar cane, peeled and cut into 3" sticks
1 cup pecans or almonds, shelled



Fill a very large pot with about 1 gallon of water. Add the cinnamon sticks and piloncillo (or brown sugar). Bring this to boil and stir to dissolve the sugar.

Add the cranberries, guavas, apples, orange slices, almonds and sugar cane. Simmer 20-30 minutes or until the apples have taken on a pink color.

Serve hot in mugs OR over ice in glasses.

Serving ponche 

Hope you enjoyed this ponche recipe and that you’ll make your own hot ponche with your family!

What is your favorite holiday drink recipe?  

Photos courtesy of Angie Ramirez.

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