Apple Tamarind Ponche

I told a food writer friend of mine a few years back that I was going to have a posada at my house and he asked “Are you going to have ponche?” I said “yes, of course.” Then he said, “Because you can’t call it a posada if you don’t serve ponche.” He then went on to give me some detailed history on ponche, and as I drifted in and out of his long-winded explanation, I heard him say “You better put tamarindo in yours?” I looked at him with a side glance, and said “Does this look like amateur hour? Yes, I put tamarindo in mine.”  I tell you… food writers… they can be so snooty sometimes. Celebrate your posada with this lovely apple tamarind ponche…. it will give any apple cider a run for it’s money.

  • Apple Tamarind Ponche 1 of 7

    The posada season would not be complete without ponche. 

  • What You’ll Need 2 of 7

    Prep your ingredients before putting them in a pot. 

  • Tamarind 3 of 7

    Peel the tamarind pods and pull all the veins off to get to the pulpy inside. 

  • In a Pot 4 of 7

    Put all the ingredients in a pot. Add the water and boil for 4 hours. 

  • Fruit Punch 5 of 7

    The delicious flavors from the fruit infuse the water and make ponche a drink that is perfect for a cozy posada. 

  • Serve Hot 6 of 7

    Serve hot, and make sure to include a little bit of fruit in each cup. 

  • Boozy or Sober 7 of 7

    The adults will enjoy this drink with a splash of tequila or whiskey. Enjoy!


Ingredients for apple tamarind ponche:

  • 1 1/2 – gallons water
  • 25 – tamarind pods (peeled and deveined)
  • 20 – dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 – cinnamon sticks
  • 20 – tejocote
  • 8 – apples (cut into 4′s and cored)
  • 15 – guavas
  • 5 – 3 inch pieces of sugar cane (peeled)
  • a handful of raisins
  • 1 – bag of pitted prunes
  • 3 – piloncillo cones
  • OPTIONAL: Liquor (tequila or whiskey)


  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot over a medium low flame, with the exception of the liquor.
  2. Boil for 4 hours.
  3. Serve hot in a cup, (optional) pour a small splash of tequila or whiskey into the ponche and mix well.
  4. ENJOY!


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