Poncha | Madeira Island’s Cocktail

Poncha is a traditional alcoholic drink from Madeira Island, Portugal. Poncha is made fresh with citrus juice, honey and aguardente or rum. The drink is strong and thought to cure the common cold. Give it a try.

Poncha cocktail from Madeira Island Portugal in jar next to a lemon and bottle of rum

Poncha | Madeira Island's Cocktail

Poncha is a traditional alcoholic drink from Madeira Island, Portugal. Poncha is made fresh with citrus juice, honey and aguardente or rum. The drink is strong and thought to cure the common cold. Give it a try.
(aguardente: água (“water”) +‎ ardente (“fiery”) = Fire Water!
In Madeira most of the aguardente from the region is made from sugar cane.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 5 3oz glasses

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Aguardente, Cashaca or Rum
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange

Instructions
 

  • Juice the lemon and orange and set aside.
  • Cut the lemon and orange peels into slices. In a large jar, muddle the peels. Add in the honey. Muddle. Add in the the arguardente (rum) and the juice of the lemon and orange. Let ingredients steep in the jar for 2-4 hours.
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  • To serve, strain the peels from the liquid. Traditionally, Poncha is served chilled with no ice.
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Notes

Try this other well-known Madera cocktail.....Nikita!
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The most unique place to get a Poncha is Calhau da Achadas da cruz.
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You need to take an extremely steep gondola ride to Achadas da Cruz.
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It's one of the most beautiful places on the island. And if you're lucky you'll find this tiny "restaurant" open -Calhau da Achadas da cruz. Andréinha is the owner chef & bartender.
When you get to the bottom of the gondola. Walk along the main brick path that is by the ocean east.
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But as he walked back in a westerly direction take the path that leads inland a little bit. There you will find this hidden gem.
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Poncha restaurant
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Taberna da Poncha
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Aside from the drink this taberna is worth visiting for its quirkiness as much as its tradition of making the drink itself, which is done by hand in front of our eyes. Nestled in the stunning gorge of Serra de Agua, this very famous tavern, produces superb poncha. Park across the street.
Laje Serra De Agua Laje Ribeira Brava, Serra de Agua, Ribeira Brava, Madeira 9350-309 Portuga
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https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g9761965-d7141235-Reviews-Taberna_da_Poncha-Serra_de_Agua_Ribeira_Brava_Madeira_Madeira_Islands.html
 
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