Ponche Navideno
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Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Ponche Navideño

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings



  1. Put the tamarind paste and 1 cup water in a large pot; stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Wrap the cloves and cinnamon sticks in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. Add to the pot, along with 8 cups water, the tejocotes, piloncillo, guavas, oranges, pears, prunes and raisins. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the fruit has softened, about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour into coffee cups or mugs, adding some fruit to each cup. Add a shot of rum or brandy, if desired. Serve with a spoon.