Ponche de Frutas de Guatemala (Hot Fruit Punch)

Ponche de Frutas, Gautemala. Photo digiyesica on Flicker.
Ponche de Frutas, Gautemala. Photo digiyesica on Flicker.

The temperature is dropping and the stores are already decorated for the holidays. It’s begining to look a lot like Navidad, so I thought I would share my favorite hot drink: ponche de frutas.  Enjoy it while you sit by the fire or on your favorite couch accompanied by a good book and for me also acompanied by wonderful memories of Christmas time in Guatemala, but first a little background. Christmas in Guatemala and in Latin American countries in general is characterized by it’s wide array of colorful traditions and flavorful foods and drinks.  The Fruit Puch in Guatemala is a traditional drink for Noche Buena, Christmas Eve, but many families including mine like to start preparing it as soon as the weather starts getting a little chilly. The ponche, served hot cinnamon and spices give it a special touch and complement the sweetness from the fruit.  Even though Guatemala is know as the land of eternal spring is still gets a little “fresco” or cool during November and December specially in the areas that are high up in the mountains like Guatemala City. The fruit punch probably had it’s origin in a similar drink consumed by the Persians called “panch” wich was prepared with lemon, herbs, sugar and rum.  This was later adopted by European countries like Spain, the drink evolved and the name changed to ponche.   Each country gives ponche a special touch.  Many countries add milk, eggs and rum.  In Guatemala there are many versions and some of them include tropical fruits like papaya, mango and cocounut.   Recipe for Ponche de Frutas Ingredients

  • 1 box of raisins, soaked in water
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • ½ cup dried prunes
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, and cubed apple pieces
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 orange peel
  • Sugar to taste
  • 10 cups water
  • ¼ cup rum (optional)
  • 1 small papaya or dried papaya (optional)

Preparation Chop the dried fruit, finely chop the pineapple. Put all fruit in a pot and cover with water, add spices, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and add the sugar to taste (depends on ripeness of fruit). Fill cups with punch and fruit, serve with a spoon to eat fruit, add rum if desired.

¡Salud!
I try to post recipes that are either typical dishes from my home country of Guatemala, recipes from other Latin American countries or interesting and fun recipes with ingredients that give them some sabor Latino. If you have any suggestions or would like a specific guatemalan recipe let me know in the comments section. FIND MORE RECIPES HERE CHECK OUT MY BLOG POST ABOUT CULTURE THROUGH FOOD 

4 thoughts on “Ponche de Frutas de Guatemala (Hot Fruit Punch)”

  1. Gracias, la receta del ponche esta muy buena, yo tênia en mente algunas cosas pero su receta me ayudo a mejorar y esta vez mi ponche estará mas rico.

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