Ponche de Frutas Navideño

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Packed with fruits, spices, and piloncillo, this ponche de frutas navideño is the perfect Mexican fruit punch for the holiday season.


  • 3/4 piloncillo cone (can be substituted for 1 cup granulated piloncillo or dark brown sugar + 2 1/2 tbsp molasses)
  • 1 1/2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened tamarind paste
  • 1 1/4 cups tejocotes
  • 3 yellow apples, quartered
  • 3 plums
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 7 guavas, halved
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3/4 pound sugar cane, peeled and quartered
  • 1 whole clove
  • 16 cups water
  • Granulated sugar, to taste


Boil the water. Bring the water to a boil in a large stockpot over high heat. Add the piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, tamarind paste, and tejocotes. Stir until the piloncillo and tamarind paste have dissolved completely. Reduce the heat to medium.

Add the fruit. Add the apples, plums, pears, guavas, hibiscus, and sugar cane. Stir until well combined and add the whole clove.

Simmer. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 1 hour. Add more water as needed. Sweeten with granulated sugar to taste.

Serve. Remove from the heat and serve with or without pieces of fruit. You can add fresh cinnamon sticks and sugar can sticks to each cup, which can be used as yummy stirrers.

Keywords: Ponche Navideño, Mexican Ponche, Mexican Fruit Punch, Mexican drinks, Mexican Christmas Food