When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we're bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own.
Ponche Navideño (Mexican Christmas fruit punch) is a hot punch served with or without alcohol during the holiday season and most generally during Las Posadas. On those chilly nights, this fragrant infusion warms you from the inside out.
My grandma made a very similar calientito (warm drink) around the holidays, but it did not have all of the unique ingredients you'll find in this recipe. The intoxicating aroma and perfumed air in your home will certainly entice your guests to give the drink a try. After that, they'll be hooked. Brandy or tequila can be added, making it ponche con piquete (punch with a sting).
Recipe: Mexican Christmas Fruit Punch (Ponche Navideño) — The Global Punch Bowl