Guatemalan Christmas fruit punch Recipe
Guatemalan Christmas fruit punch
Flavors of Guatemala
Total time: 15 to 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Ponche de frutas guatemalteco - This sweet and cinnamony Christmas punch warms the soul while tickling your taste buds! In Guatemala it is served hot with traditional Christmas tamales on Christmas eve and new year's eve. It's a delicious tradition that goes back generations for many Guatemalan families.

You can make this with whatever fruit you like. We recommend, however, balancing the fruit flavors, and not adding too many overpowering citrus flavors.

- 4 liters water

Chopped fruit
- 6 apples
- 250 ml /1 cup raisins
- 250 ml / 1 cup plums
- 1 papaya
- 1-2 coconut
- 1 jocote (cashew fruit)

- 4 cloves
- 125 ml / 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 pinch salt
  1. Heat the water in a large pot. 
  2. As the water heats, cut up the fruit and add to the pot. 
  3. When the water is hot, stir in the cinammon sticks, cloves, salt, and sugar (adjust to taste). Allow the water to simmer gently but not boil, since rapid boiling will reduce the liquid and change the flavors while overcooking the fruit. 
  4. Leave on low heat 10 minutes longer.
  5. Transfer to a festive punch bowl and serve warm.

Feliz Navidad!

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