November 27, 2013

Ponche Navideño:

Mexican Christmas Punch

Makes 16 to 18 servings

¾ lb. small apples or tejocotes, peeled and sliced

10 guavas, halved

½ lb. raisins or prunes, or a mixture

6 oranges, scrubbed and sliced with rind

1 c. Jamaica (dried hibiscus) flowers

3 sticks cinnamon, each about 3” long

7 qts. water

Sugar to taste (about 1/3 cup to each quart water)

Brandy, rum or wine to taste (optional)

In a large pot, place all ingredients except sugar in the water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for an hour. Add sugar, cover and simmer another 10 minutes. If adding alcohol, add and simmer a few minutes longer. Serve hot in mugs.

November 27, 2013