It’s the holiday season, everyone! It’s the time when people begin to fill with Christmas joy, families begin to gather, and the Christmas celebrations commence! Many countries around the world have different ways of celebrating the holidays but one of our favorite traditions is Las Posadas! This Mexican tradition has been around since the beginning of time and has become very popular here in the US! Mi Padrino believes that our traditions should not only be celebrated in Mexico, but they should be celebrated around the world.
Las Posadas features many traditional elements like the prayers, the food, and the beverages. One of our favorite elements that come from Posadas, here at Mi Padrino, is the ‘Ponche Navideño’. There are many variations of ponche (Mexican Christmas hot punch) but they all have the same foundation; traditional fresh fruit mixed with piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, and water. Some of the more specific but essential ingredients like tejocotes, guavas, jamaica, and caña can be hard to find at times, but if you visit your local Mexican market, you’ll be sure to find them!
Mi Padrino has compiled a list of ingredients and even included a very special recipe for a delicious Ponche Navideño!
- Place the water, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar/piloncillo and hibiscus flowers in a large pot to boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Strain the hibiscus flowers
- Add the Tejocotes to the pot once your cinnamon and brown sugar water has boiled since they take longer to soften then the rest of the fruits.
- While you wait for that to soften, chop up all the other fruits. (Chop to your liking)
- Add the chopped guavas, apples, sugar cane, pears, and oranges along with the raisins and pecans.
- Simmer for about an hour. Serve it hot and ladle the drink and fruit into a mug.
- For the adults, add a splash of tequila or rum.
Let us know what version of Ponche Navideño you make in the comments!
Don’t forget to share this recipe with all your friends and family!