Ponche Navideño

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Get into the Ponche Holiday Spirit

Ponche is a traditional warm beverage commonly enjoyed during the holiday season in Mexico and other Latin American countries. It is a hot fruit punch typically made by simmering a blend of fruits, spices, and often alcoholic beverages together. The ingredients used in ponche can vary regionally and based on personal preference.  Enjoy!

You can find what you need at your local Vallarta. Pick up fresh fruit for your ponche that is sourced locally and traditional fruit like tejocotes from Mexico in our produce department. We also carry all the dried ingredients you will need to make your ponche, including piloncillo (raw cane sugar), cinnamon, hibiscus, and tamarind.


Ponche Recipe
Ingredients: 4 quarts of water 1 large piloncillo (raw cane sugar)
cone or 12 oz. of brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 lb. tejocotes
1 1⁄2 lb. guavas (about 12 guavas)
3⁄4 cup chopped prunes
1 1⁄2 cup chopped apples
1 cup chopped pear
1⁄2 cup raisins
3 sugar cane sticks, about 5-inches
long, cut into four pieces each 1 cup of tamarind pods peeled
or 1 cup of hibiscus


1. Simmer water in a large pot.
2. Add the piloncillo, or brown sugar, tejocotes and cinnamon to the water and cook for about 15 minutes.
3. Add the chopped guavas, apples, prunes, and the rest of the dried ingredients to the simmering water mixture.
4. Simmer the mixture for about 1 hour. Serve hot in mugs with fruit added.
5. (Optional) After serving, add a splash of Rum or Tequila to each cup, at your liking.

This recipe and more can be found on https://vallartasupermarkets.com/en/recipes.