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Embrace the festive flavours. 

The holiday season in Mexico is filled with delicous food that is enjoyed during this special time of the year. And if there’s something that is present in every posada (Christmas party) and in every home is Mexican Ponche. Let’s dive into the vibrant flavors and learn how to craft this comforting drink right in your home.

Ready? Let’s get cooking!



  • 8 cups water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 whole cloves
  • 4-5 guavas, peeled and chopped
  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • 2 ripe pears, chopped
  • 1 tejocote fruit (or substitute with extra apples or pears), peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sugarcane, chopped into chunks (or substitute with sugar to taste)
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped sugar cane (or substitute with sugar to taste)
  • 1 cup hibiscus flowers
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 piloncillo cone (or substitute with brown sugar)

Serves 6-8 people


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a gentle boil.
  2. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves, allowing them to infuse the water for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Incorporate all the chopped fruits into the pot – guavas, apples, pears, tejocote, sugarcane, and oranges.
  4. Toss in the prunes and raisins, allowing the mixture to simmer over low heat for approximately 30 minutes or until the fruits are tender.
  5. If using hibiscus flowers, add them to the pot during the last 10 minutes of cooking for a tangy twist.
  6. Grate the piloncillo cone into the pot, sweetening the ponche to your taste. Alternatively, use brown sugar for sweetness.
  7. Stir the mixture occasionally to ensure the flavors blend harmoniously.
  8. Once the fruits are soft and the aroma fills the air, remove the pot from heat.


  • Ladle the warm ponche into mugs or heatproof glasses, ensuring each serving has a variety of fruits.
  • For an extra touch, serve with a spoon to enjoy the cooked fruits along with the beverage.
  • This delightful drink pairs perfectly with traditional Mexican pastries like buñuelos or tamales.
  • extra: add some rum of tequila for extra fun (wink, wink).

    We get it, for all of us living in Europe,  getting stuff like Tejocotes or sugar cane sticks can be tricky. But, if you’re near a Latin or Asian Store, they might have canned sugar cane sticks and piloncillo. So, go on a little scavenger hunt around your area!

    This drink truly brings us back to Mexico, sitting at the table with the whole family, making tamales and buñuelos. The aroma will fill your home with the Christmas spirit, no doubt about that. 

    Happy sipping and Feliz Navidad!


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