Mexican punch

Mexican punch
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Ponche, or punch, is a hot beverage made by simmering several fruits, along with water, brown sugar, and cinnamon but ingredients vary depending on the region

Hawthorn is mostly available during Fall and Winter - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Mexican punch

Apple is always present in Mexican punch - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Tamarind gives punch a unique flavor - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Guava is an essential ingredient for punch - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Prunes are also used in desserts - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Hibiscus flower gives acidity to the punch - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Mexican punch

In Mexico, there are over 100 different recipes, but the basic ingredients are brown sugar, apple, hawthorn, guava, hibiscus flower, tamarind, and cinnamon.

In Mexico City, they add pineapples, prunes, orange, and lime. Meanwhile, in Colima, they make cold punch with fruits such as guava, tamarind, and pineapple and alcohol are added.

It is quite different in Oaxaca, as they make it with milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and sugar.

Christmas punch is a traditional beverage but it's also an ally against colds as it has a high vitamins A, B, and C content. Nevertheless, it should be enjoyed in small portions as it can contain a large amount of sugar.

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