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Hot chocolate, eggnog, hot spiced cider, wassail, ponche (fruit, chocolate or crema) - your favorite holiday drink and what makes it special?

rworange | Dec 20, 201004:57 PM

I'm more of an eggnog person for Christmas Eve and day. Holiday shopping means hot chocolate.

I'm more of a buying rather than cooking type, so what makes my holiday beverage special is finding the best eggnog or hot chocolate ... somewhere

This year in Guatemala I've had lots of ponche de frutas ... sort of a hot cider with fruit in it such as pineapple, coconut, raisins, apples, prunes and tejocotes (pictured below). It usually has a piece of cinnamon bark in the cup.

The house where I stayed in Antigua last week said they made chocolate ponche. I had never heard of that before. The baseline recipe is similar to this one: chocolate, rum, milk, egg yolks, sugar. It sounds like chocolate eggnog, how good is that?

There are lots of elaborate recipes that include ingredients such as vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, condensed milk in addtion to the regular milk.

In Venezuela there's ponche crema which is served cold. Given it is summer south of the equator, that makes sense

So what's your drink of choice?

More photos of Guatemalan ponche in my Flickr photostream

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