Guatemalan and Mexican Ponche-de Frutas

Ponche de Frutas - Hot Fruit Punch

A hot fruit punch made of fresh and dried fruits served at Christmas and on New Year's Eve in Mexico, Guatemala and Latin America. Spike it with dark or white rum if you like. You can use any mixture of fruit but pineapple, plantain, and pineapples are musts.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Guatemala, Mexican
Keyword Guatemalan drinks, New Year's Eve, party recipe, ponche de frutas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 206 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 plantain ripe
  • 1 apple fresh
  • 2 plums
  • 1 pear
  • 1/4 cup apples dried
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins
  • 8 cups water 6 and 2
  • 1/4 cup sugar I use less. Use Piloncillo ( Mexican brown sugar) if you can find it
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves whole
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice whole
  • 1 nutmeg freshly grated
US Customary - Metric


  1. Finely chop the pineapple and plantain into small pieces, reserving the husks. Set fruit aside.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water, the pineapple husk , the plantain skin and the spices to a quick boil, reduce the heat and simmer covered in a small pot for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain out the husks and spices, discarding all but the stick of cinnamon.
  4. Pour the boiled fruit juice into a large pot, adding the remaining six cups of water and sugar.
  5. Peel, core and finely dice the remaining fresh and dried fruit
  6. Add the diced pineapple, plantain, fresh fruit, raisins and cinnamon stick to the water in the pot.
  7. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Adjust the sugar and spices as you like.
  8. Serve hot in mugs with bits of fruit in each.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Ponche de Frutas - Hot Fruit Punch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206
% Daily Value*
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 455mg13%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Vitamin C 82.8mg100%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.