Nutritional Info

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (15g)

Calories 44
Calories from Fat 30 (68%)
Amount Per Serving %DIV
Total Fat 3.4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 7.8mg 3%
Sodium 109.6mg 5%
Potassium 6.8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 1%
Sugars 1.9g
Protein 0.2g 0%

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Recipe Description
Memories of Christmas in Mexico almost always include a simmering punch, darkly fragrant with exotic fruits and spices, rather like a liquid fruitcake.
Prep time
3 hr
Cook time
1 hr 20 min
Ready In
4 hr 20 min


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1/2 Pound(lb)  tamarind pods
2   cones of piloncillo
1 Cup(c)  dried prunes, chopped and pitted
2   feet of fresh sugarcane, peeled and quartered
1/2 Cup(c)  raisins
1   cinnamon bark (6 inch piece)
10   fresh guava blossom ends
1   small orange, spiked with 10 whole cloves
1 Cup(c)  hibiscus flowers, dried
1   apple, chopped


If using the tamarind pods, soak them for several minutes so that the brittle shell can be removed more easily along with the 3 fibers that run the length of the pod. Place the peeled pods in a bowl and cover with 2 cups of boiling water. Let them soften for 1 to 2 hours. Using your fingers or a spoon, scrape all the pulp off the large seeds. Strain the pulp and water into a container, pressing to extract as much of the tamarind flavor as possible. This may be done in advance and stored, tightly sealed, for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. (The premade tamarind paste or concentrate need only be diluted with 2 cups of water.) Place the piloncillo in a large pot with 4 quarts of water and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the 2 cups of tamarind water, prunes. sugarcane, raisins, cinnamon bark, guavas and clove-studded orange, and simmer for 1 hour. In a separate pan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the hibiscus flowers. Remove from the heat, allow to steep for 20 minutes, and strain the water into the punch. Mix well, add the chopped apple and continue to simmer. Ladle the hot punch into cups with some of the fruit.

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