Fruit Punch, with its amber color and enticing aroma, is a typical beverage enjoyed during the Christmas season in Mexico. It is served in most homes, especially when hosting a “Posada” celebration. It is a welcome treat offered to the guests or “pilgrims” invited to take part in the festivities.
This “Ponche de Frutas” is a mixture of tropical and seasonal fruits such as guayabas (guavas), tejocote (a type of sweet yellow plum), tamarinds and sugar cane sticks, among many other ingredients. Children of all ages, (from 1 to 92, as the song goes), enjoy chewing on the sweet sugar cane to get the most juice out of it!
The beverage was brought to the New World from Europe. However, many of the recipes introduced into Mexico from Spain, experienced a process of transformation, as they integrated native ingredients to the original ones, until reaching its modern-day version.
It is a comforting drink to be enjoyed piping hot, in the company of family and friends, during these traditional December festivities. Oh, and don’t forget to add a few splashes of rum or favored spirits into the Holiday Fruit Punch!