Guatemalan Spiced Fruit Punch (Ponche de Frutas Guatemalteco)

Everybody prepares Spiced Fruit Punch for Christmas in Guatemala, and like everything else in our country, everyone has their own special recipe.  I made this last week for a family gathering we had at our place. I prefer it very fruity and not too sweet, so I only put in 1 cup of sugar, you can add more to suit your taste. It depends on how sweet the pineapple and papaya are.

You do need to dice the fruit into rather small or at least medium sized cubes, because they go in the serving mugs together with the liquid, when you’re done drinking you eat the fruit with a spoon. This Spiced Fruit Punch should be served hot!

Helga

Spiced Fruit Punch (Ponche de Frutas)

This makes enough for about 15 people
A Foodies’ Kitchen Original recipe

Ingredients:
16 cups of water
3 cinnamon sticks
4 whole allspice grains
2 8oz bags of dried fruit mix
1 pineapple, diced
½ papaya, diced
4 red apples, diced
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup prunes
3 plantains, diced
1 cup sugar

Procedure:

  1. In a large tall pot, mix all the ingredients together.  Let it come to a boil over high heat.
  2. Lower heat to medium, cover and let it simmer for about 45 minutes so all the flavors start to combine and infuse themselves.
  3. Serve hot with some of the diced fruit.
  4. You can spike it up with some dark rum, if you wish.

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