Thursday, January 6, 2011
I love trying new things and this drink is so tasty!I had to post the recipe my friend shared with me here. It has hibiscus flowers, spices and fruits, lots of them. Its become a family favorite.
The Traditional Hot Christmas Punch of Mexico
Ponche: It looks like a bubbling pot of hot fruit salad. It smells like heaven. It's a classic symbol of Christmas in San Miguel de Allende—as it is all over Mexico—and it belongs in your Christmas plans too. I got the info on this site
Here is the recipe my friend Ana Guerrero shared
Recipe Courtesy of Ana Guerrero, Thank you :)
1 Pilloncillo or Brown Sugar
1 to 2 hand bunches of Jamaica Hibiscus Petals
2 cinnamon sticks
1 bag of fresh cranberries or cranapples
1 box of small pitted prunes
Sugar to taste
Boil the water with 2 big cinnamon sticks and jamaica petals (hibbiscus) and boil them together for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
In the meantime, peel your pears & apples. But them into squares. Not too small and not too big. You can eat them when you drink the ponche.
Cut the Guavas in half
Slice the orange into slices. You'll just need the peel. Then stick several cloves into the peel. You'll add these to the water and it gives it flavor!
Once water has boiled for 15 - 20 minutes with the cinnamon and jamaica remove the petals and sticks. Then add the fruit and add the piloncillo and cook for a good hour. Then add sugar to taste. Add the sugar at the end because that's when it's fully cooked and you can decide if it needs more sugar or not.
You can add alcohol to this drink. like brandy or rum. I mixed mine with Manishewitz grape wine and it was delicious, I think it gave it an extra punch of flavor.
The best drink for the holidays, specially today Dia de Reyes, 3 Wise Men day or 3 Kings day!
Feliz Dia de Reyes!