Ponche Navideño

My grandmother used to make Ponche Navideño (Christmas Punch) and share it with family and friends during the holidays. I remember she’d have a large pot simmering and it made the entire house smell delicious from the warming spices used in the recipe. It was the perfect drink to savor with her homemade tamales and mole dishes. ¡Felices fiestas!
-Chef Richard Sandoval


Ponche Navideño (Christmas Punch)


  • 6 oz blanco tequila

  • 1 red apple, peeled, cored and sliced

  • .5 mango, peeled and diced

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup diced pineapple

  • .25 cup cranberries

  • 6.5 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

  • Star anise, for garnish


Combine all ingredients, except tequila, cinnamon sticks, and star anise in a large pot. Simmer over medium heat for 45 minutes and reduce down to about 12-14 ounces. Allow mixture to cool, and mix in the tequila. Refrigerate and serve over ice. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and star anise.