Mexican Christmas Punch in a Jar

photo 1The Essex Street market a few blocks away from our place is one of the best places in the city to get Mexican produce and food supplies.  At the end of a shelf of hot sauce, bottles of Mole and preserved cactus I came across this display of Mexico Lindo Ponche.  It took great effort not to buy it.  I was imagining what it would taste like with a little triple sec and some reposado….maybe a spritz of seltzer.  For some season it made me giddy, the idea of punch in a jar.  I was ever more surprised by the ingredients, no hard to pronounce chemicals, just fruit, water, cinnamon and sugar and more sugar 😉   I had to look up Hawthorn had no idea what it was, when I typed in Hawthorn Fruit?  I got: Mexican Crataegus /krəˈtɡəs/,[3] commonly called hawthorn, or thornapple,[4] or hawberry, is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceaenative to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. The name “hawthorn” was originally applied to the species native to northern Europe, especially the common hawthorn C. monogyna, and the unmodified name is often so used in Britain and Ireland. However the name is now also applied to the entire genus, and also to the related Asian genus Rhaphiolepis. The name haw applies to the fruit, although originally it was an Old English term for hedge.  Basically kind of looks like a quince.photo 2I’m having a punch party everyones invited!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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4 Responses to Mexican Christmas Punch in a Jar

  1. cbcreates says:

    That looks like a lot of fun potential. A big beautiful hawthorne grows in an office park near us and I’ve snuck in on a weekend to pluck a branch. Lots of different sizes, they are like a cross between a big rose hip or tiny crab apple. The ones I pick are very fragrant, sweet+tart, with a floral apple-y flavor. I’ve always wanted to make hawthorne jelly (hedgerow jelly in England).

  2. Leslie-Anne says:

    Hey Urbanfoodguy, I am going to Mexico City for two weeks over Christmas, now I have a mission – find Ponche in a jar! What fun.

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