How to Prepare Mexican Fruit Punch

Mexican fruit punch is a common drink to have on Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Mexico. There are many different recipes and variations of this popular fruit punch. However, most people agree that its main ingredient is Mexican hawthorn, also known as tejocote, a small, sweet fruit that resembles a crabapple.

5-Minute Crafts is showing you how to make this fruit punch, step-by-step. It’s a good idea to try the “general” recipe we laid out here first, and then, once you get the hang of it, tweak it to your liking by adding different fruits and ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3 apples

  • 3 sugar canes

  • 10 ounces of tamarind

  • 4 guavas

  • 8 ounces of Mexican hawthorn (often known as tejocote or manzanita)

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • Raisins (optional)

  • Water

Step-by-step instructions

1. Heat some water until it starts boiling and bring it to a low simmer.

2. Boil the tejocotes for a couple of minutes.

3. Take them off the fire and put them into some ice water.

4. Peel and save.

5. Peel the sugar cane, cut them into big pieces, and put them aside.

6. Dice the guavas into big chunks and save them.

7. Dice the apples into big chunks and save them.

8. Combine the apples, guavas, tejocote, sugar cane, tamarind (peeled), cinnamon sticks, and raisins in a pot. Cover it all with water, heat it, and bring it to boil. Let everything simmer for about an hour.

  • This punch can also be made with hibiscus flower instead of tamarind or simply mix both.

9. Serve the punch warm with some of the fruit that you used to make the punch in the cup. Enjoy!

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