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Mexican Christmas Punch

By Karla Ortiz

It is a tradition to drink punch during these festive holidays, and it is usually offered at family gatherings and posadas. It is prepared in different ways according to the region. Even in San Miguel de Allende, there are many different recipes. The usual ingredients are piloncillo (raw brown sugar cone), caña (sugar cane), tejocote (Mexican hawthorne), manzana (apple), guayaba (guava), tamarindo, prune, and cinnamon. Some people add Jamaica (hibiscus), orange juice, cloves, aniseed, or pineapple. Others people prefer to take it with a little “piquet” (sting), with rum, whiskey, red wine, or some other liquor. Not many restaurants offer this traditional drink, but it is very easy to make, and you can come up with your own combination at home. With a lot of affection for the readers of Atención, the team of the Café Santa Ana has donated a delicious recipe with which you will be delighted. Get to work, and surprise your guests during these holidays.

Ingredients: (for approximately 4 persons)

2 cinnamon sticks

1 star Anis

2 pieces of apple, chopped

10 pcs. of prunes, chopped

3 pcs. of cane, approximately 15 cm long, chopped

1 piece of pear, chopped

15 pcs. of tejocote cut

2 tablespoons of Pengüica

1/4 kg of tamarindo

1/2 pc. of piloncillo

1/2 cup white sugar

4 liters of pure water



Bring the 4 liters of water to a boil in a large pot. When it is boiling, add the cinnamon and tamarind. Once it is colored, add the piloncillo and stir until it completely melts. Once all is dissolved, add the cane and boil for 5 minutes more. Then add the sugar and the remaining previously chopped fruit. Let everything boil together until the fruits are soft, so that the flavors will mix. Once the fruits are soft, you can run for your cup. If necessary, you can add a little more sugar or piloncillo. Usually the punch is accompanied by cookies in the form of animals that are served at the inns, but you can drink it alone or go to the market and get your cookies. You can also add a little rum or whiskey if you want.


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