Category: Things I drink

Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño

Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño

This post is sponsored by Logra Mas Con Tu Cocina. All opinions are my own.

Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño made with Lipton Green Tea

A delicious fruity drink that will surely brighten all your holiday festivities: Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño

December is a big month for us here in the Lopez-Presley household. It’s my husband’s birthday month, Christmas tree trimming time, and gotta tamalada with my family. I can’t forget holiday school activities for my son, light ceremonies, and Posada festivities better known as let’s drink Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño all night long. Of course, it’s also Christmas. I run around like mad trying to get everything just right.

Ponche Navideño made with Lipton Green Tea

Ponche Navideño is something I make throughout the entire month of December. I love the aroma the hot fruity punch gives off as it boils, which essentially means a gathering is about to unfold. The punch’s cinnamon and fruit fusion create an aroma perfect for warming you up during the holidays. Typically I stick to the basics of ponche making with jamaica, tamarindo, prunes, sugar cane, and tejocote. You can basically use any fruit you have on hand, like apples, oranges, raisins, and pears. I don’t always like making the same version so I searched the internet and found an interesting one at LograMasConTuCocina.com which called for Lipton® Green Tea. This smart beverage is just 40 calories. I know, Christmas comes early with that calorie count. 

Mexican Christmas Punch Made With Green Tea

I liked the idea of giving my ponche a little Lipton® Green Tea unsweetened 100% Natural Green Tea twist, which contains about 150 mg flavonoids per serving.  A daily consumption of at least 400 mg flavonoids is suggested and may help maintain a healthy heart.  This recipe uses apples, pears, dried prunes, Lipton® Green Tea, and guava nectar as a base.  I added a few extra ingredients to make it my own and gosh it was perfect.

Related Recipe: Buñuelos De Viento

Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño made with Lipton Green Tea and fruit

For my adult friends and family I like to spike my Mexican Christmas Punch making it a cocktail with a quality tequila or whiskey. I make a big pot for our gathering and place it on the bar next to the boozy options and everyone can pour their spirit of choice into their individual cup. It makes an ideal holiday intoxicant.

Do you have any festive recipe ideas that include Lipton® Green Tea? Please share using #LograMasConTuCocina

Ingredients for Mexican Christmas Punch / Ponche Navideño:

  • 20 whole cloves
  • 2 oranges, sliced thickly
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 1 gala apple,  cut into bite size chunks
  • Green apple (1), cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 pear, cubed
  • 8 oz. peeled sugar cane
  • 10 pitted prunes
  • 4 tamarindo pods, peeled and deveined
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oz mini piloncillo cone
  • 10 Lipton® Green Tea Bags
  • 1 1/2 guava nectar
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Stick cloves into skin of orange slices. Put water, orange slices, apple, pear, sugar cane, prunes, tamarindo, and cinnamon sticks in a 8 qt pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes for fruit to soften and for flavors to develop.
  2. Stir in mini piloncillo cone. Remove from heat and add Lipton® Green Tea Bags; cover and steep 5 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and stir in guava nectar and pomegranate seeds.
  4. Ladle punch and fruit into mugs.
  5. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

 

 

Caramel Peach Buttered Pecan Shake

Caramel Peach Buttered Pecan Shake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The Caramel Peach Buttered Pecan Shake Recipe is my own. #ToraniEndlessSummer #CollectiveBias Caramel Peach Buttered Pecan Shake made with Torani.

Ugghhhhh this heat. I seriously want to drink all my meals through a straw these days, and call it “The Summer Of SHAKES!” My favorite shake right now is Caramel Peach Buttered Pecan Shake. I know it sounds like it may give you a cavity,  but I use Torani syrup and sauces for the perfect amount of sweetness and it’s incredibly light too. Torani flavors are crafted in such a way to (more…)

R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is Perfect For Me, My Family, And For Paleta Making Too!

R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is Perfect For Me, My Family, And For Paleta Making Too!

This post is sponsored by ©Knudsen & Sons, Inc., all opinions are my own. R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is Perfect For Me, My Family, And For Paleta Making Too!

‘Producing fruit juices with integrity, craftsmanship, and innovation since 1961’ this is what scrolls across the label of a R.W. Knudsen Juice bottle. As a woman trying to do the right thing by her body and for her family, these words struck a chord with me. This is exactly the type of juice I can wholeheartedly stand behind.

With hot days upon us, the sun shining a little longer, and fruit being at the peak of season – it’s a sure sign of summer. I like to unwind on my patio after a hard day of work and enjoy the taste of Summer with a glass of ice cold fruit juice. My juice of choice is always R.W. Knudsen Just Tart Cherry.  Just one 8oz. glass is a serving of fruit, talk about goodness. 100% all natural juice, made with the finest ingredients, no preservatives or artificial flavors, it really is a better for you option and one I will reach for again and again. R.W. Knudsen works with amazing growers up and down the west coast from Peters Cranberries in Sixes, OR to Carpenter Pears in Lake County, CA to Stemilt Apples in Wenatchee, WA!  R.W. Knudsen literally brings the farm into the home. And it is available at Walmart. #WhatsYourJuiceMadeOf

 R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is 100% all natural juice, made with the finest ingredients, no preservatives or artificial flavors, it really is a better for you option and one I will reach for again and again.

I also use this incredible naturally sweet cherry juice for my paleta making. Since I usually have a bottle on hand I like to make my son a better for you paleta with it. I’ve been making paletas for a long time and as I get older I think it’s important to reach for the good stuff when mixing my ingredients. My favorite paleta combo is cherry coconut. A base of cherry juice and a splash of coconut milk and toasted coconut. YUM. It’s so darn good, he eats them down with a smile on his face. I grin from ear to ear knowing I’m doing the best I can for my family.

Cherry Coconut Paletas made with R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice! Delicious.

Ingredients for Cherry Coconut Paletas:

  • 2 – cups R.W. Knudsen Just Tart Cherry Juice
  • 1 – small can coconut milk (full fat)
  • ½ – tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 – tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 – cup sweetened coconut shreds (toasted)
  • paleta or popsicle mold (with 8 slots)
  • 8 popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Fill each popsicle mold ¾ with cherry juice.
  2. Place mold in freezer for 1 hour.
  3. In a bowl mix coconut milk, vanilla extract, honey, and toasted coconut.
  4. Remove popsicle mold from freezer and fill the molds to the top with coconut mixture.
  5. Top mold with cover and insert popsicle sticks.
  6. Freeze mold over night.
  7. Fill basin with warm water and dip bottom of mold into the water for 15 seconds to loosen paletas from mold.
  8. Remove top cover from mold and pull the stick straight up toward the sky.
  9. Enjoy your cherry coconut paleta!
Soccer Championship Games: Paloma Michelada

Soccer Championship Games: Paloma Michelada

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This content is intended for readers who are 21 and over. 

Paloma Michelada for Soccer Championship Games

Raise your hand if you’ll be watching the soccer championship games! Give a grito if you’ll have a michelada in hand. Give two gritos if you want a paloma michelada.  (more…)

TADIN Fruity Iced Tea Punch Bowl

TADIN Fruity Iced Tea Punch Bowl

This post is sponsored by TADIN Teas. All opinions and recipe are 100% my own.
TADIN Fruity Iced Tea Punch Bowl. Made with TADIN Artichoke Tea Blend.

June is National Iced Tea Month and today – June 10th is National Iced Tea Day! This calls for a TADIN fruity iced tea punch bowl to partake in the iced tea madness… don’t you think? (more…)

Cucumber Mint Lemonade a.k.a Limonada De Pepino y Yerba Buena

Cucumber Mint Lemonade a.k.a Limonada De Pepino y Yerba Buena

Cucumber Mint Lemonade can also be called Limonada De Pepino y Yerba Buena.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade can also be called ‘Limonada De Pepino y Yerba Buena.’ Just saying it makes my mouth crave this refreshing lemonade… Especially on a hot day like the one we are experiencing here in Los Angeles right now.  (more…)

Berry Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Berry Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria on behalf of Cacique. All opinions and the recipe are my own.
The base to my Berry Avocado Smoothie bowl is Cacique's Strawberry smoothie. It highlights all the other ingredients used.

See that smoothie bowl. Does it make you wish you were diving in? It should. I don’t even know how to tell you how dreamy this bowl is and it’s also become my back to school lifesaver. This simple berry banana avocado smoothie bowl can be attained in a few minutes and makes the perfect morning breakfast when time is not on your (more…)