Christmas Punch

Traditional Mexican Fruit Punch , is a traditional hot drink during the Christmas Holidays, it is made using water, fresh and dried fruits like tamarind, prunes, hibiscus, sugar cane, cinnamon, and sweetened with Piloncillo.

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Prep Time

70 minutes

Calories

177 Kcal

Servings

12 cups

Course

Drinks

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4          quarts of water, 1 gallon

1          large piloncillo cone (or 12 oz. of              brown sugar)

3          cinnamon sticks

1          lb Tejocotes*

Ingredients

1½       Lb. guavas about 12                 guavas

3/4      cup prunes chopped

1½      cup apples chopped

1          cup pear chopped

½       cup raisins

3         sugar cane sticks, about 5-in.             long cut into four pieces each

1          cup of Tamarind pods peeled (or 1              cup of Hibiscus Flowers)***

            Rum to taste

Notes

* If you do not find all the ingredients like the tejocotes, you can still make this drink without them. ** Other dried fruits can be used as a substitute. *** Sometimes I just add the tamarind pods and other times just the Hibiscus flowers. I rarely use the 2 in the same punch and it still comes out really tasty.

Instructions

– Place water in a large stockpot. – Add the piloncillo (or brown sugar) and cinnamon to cook for about 15 minutes. If you are using fresh Tejocotes, add them with the piloncillo and cinnamon, since they take longer to soften. Ponche Navideno

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