Scarleth’s Mexican Ponche Caliente

Scarleth’s Mexican Ponche Caliente

Tags: dairy free, gluten free, grain free, soy free, vegan, vegetarian,

Estimated Time: 2 hours

Servings: 6-8

Around here, holiday memories begin in the kitchen and last a lifetime. So, we’re taking time to give thanks to recipes that have been passed down to us and honor the traditions that have made this time of year so special. 

Our chef, Scarleth, recalled a few of her favorite holiday memories—like this Ponche Caliente! Each year, over the holidays, Scarleth and her family gathered at her grandmother’s home in Mexico. While she and her cousins were having fun collecting pine cones outside, Scarleth’s aunts worked on the holiday meal, starting with a warm fruit punch called Poche Caliente. 

“The whole house would smell like Christmas because the ponche had so many spices and fruits in it,” Scarleth recalls. The recipe begins by spicing boiling water with cinnamon, agave, and star anise. Then, fruits like guava, tejocote, red apples, pears, raisins, and tamarind are added and steeped for two hours. So, grab your favorite mug, take a sip, and stay warm and cozy this holiday season.

  • 10 cups Water⁠
  • 1 1/4 cup Guava, whole ⁠
  • 1 1/4 cup Tejocote, whole (You can use more Red Apples)⁠
  • 1 Pilloncillo or 1 cup Dark Agave Nectar ⁠
  • 1 cup Red Apples, diced large ⁠
  • 1 cup Green Apples, diced large ⁠
  • ½ cup Golden Raisins ⁠
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks⁠
  • 1 Star Anise ⁠
  • 1 cup Black Plum, large diced ⁠
  • 1 cup Pears, large diced ⁠
  • 4-5 Tamarind Pods, peeled ⁠
  1. In a large pot, add water, piloncillo or agave, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Bring to a boil. ⁠
  2. Add all fruit and simmer on medium for 1- 2 hours uncovered, over medium-high heat, until fruit is tender and ponche is sweet. ⁠