Work Break #4 - Mom's Ponche or Christmas Cider

The holidays are here, which means its time to make some delicious Ponche aka as Ponche Navideño, Christmas Punch, Holiday Cider, and many other names. I called on the best chef I know, my mom to teach me the step by step to making her popular Ponche. My family holds Posadas every holiday season to re-create when Mary and Joseph looked for shelter before the birth of Jesus. At these celebrations a different home hosts each night as we approach Christmas. Aside from the food, we love making a huge batch of ponche for our guests, and it goes so quickly that I rarely get more than a cup or two in before I'm staring at an empty pot. I wanted to learn how to make this so that I can host my parents in my home and learn more about my roots.

 My mom learned from the best, both of my grandmas, who have inspired many people in my family to cook. She combined their recipes into this sweet and tasty holiday cider. Perfect for those cold nights, for large holiday parties, and this hot drink can be made within an hour. 

Bring something other than a pumpkin pie to your Holiday parties and try Ponche. Watch the video below to learn how to make Ponche.

Ingredients Needed - Watch Video for Step By Step

  • 2 ripe Pineapples
  • 8 oz. Panela (Brown Sugar Cane)
  • 4 to 5 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Cloves (Clavo)
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Allspice (Pimienta Gorda)
  • Raisins
  • Dried Mixed Fruit - Should include Apricots, Apples, Plums

**Boozy Ponche - Add a shot of RUM for a kick

Tip - If you want more Ponche leave the fruit in the pot, fill back up with water and boil for 30 minutes and you'll get one more pot of Ponche.