This punch tastes like Christmas in a mug. It is sweet, fruity, tangy, cinnamony and very warming. Make without alcohol to share with the kids and add a splash of rum/brandy/wine to the adult servings.
3guavas weighingchopped into large even-sized pieces
3small appleschopped into large even-sized pieces
100gramsor around 12 pitted prunes
2pods of tamarindpeeled
large handful hibiscus flowersknown as jamaica in the Hispanic food isle
For Alcoholic version:
rum or brandy or red wine
Throughly clean the tejocotes (if using jarred drain and rinse), guavas, and apple. Place the piloncillo (or sugar), and cinnamon stick in a large pot; then pour in the water. Cover and simmer over medium heat until the piloncillo breaks down. Next add the tejocotes, prunes, hibiscus, cloves, guavas and cover allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
Now add the tamarind, a little more water and the apples. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary. Serve with a few pieces of fruit in each mug. If you'd like to spike your punch add the amount of alcohol desired either to the pot or to each individual serving. Serve warm or cold.
If you cannot find tejocotes then you may swap them for a pear. The taste is not the same but the punch will still taste delicious.*Disclosure: This recipe was updated on 17 Dec. 2017
Mexican Christmas Punch or Ponche Navideño https://mexicanmademeatless.com/mexican-christmas-punch-or-ponche-navideno/