Poncha is the most traditional drink of Madeira ! That is to say : Who’s going to Madeira and not drink , can not boast that knows truly the pearl of the Atlantic. Although typical county of Câmara de Lobos , the is known and appreciated all over the island . It can be drunk both in summer with ice, as in the winter, because they contain lots of vitamin C.
Previously, was made only with brandy cane sugar adding the same amount of water, sugar and lemon peel small enough how much .
Over the years this recipe has been perfected at present brandy cane sugar is the timeless element , innovation was the honey bee mixed with lemon juice. For the more daring and adventurous, I advise you to taste the various flavors of this drink, for example, the passion fruit, tomato, orange, absinthe or whiskey. These flavors are obtained with the substitution of honey in the case of fruit or spirits, as in the case of beverages.
According to some studies, is originally from India where it is known as Panch which means, translated literally, five ingredients : the arrack – spirits distilled from rice or coconuts -, lemon juice, sugar, spice, tea – and water. It is believed at present that has been experienced for the first time outside India, in Madeira, in Camara de lobos a small fishing village in the mid- eighteenth century by the hand of the British, at that time, were given to frequent trips between these stops.
Throughout the nineteenth century the was a drink too consumed within the Madeira families all over the side of the island, especially in Camara de lobos, be they more or less affluent.
Today, the tradition of still very much alive among the locals and the tools used to assist preparation of these drinks, in essence not much has changed. Whoever wants to taste this drink so renowned for our island, derija to camara de lobos, because the land of is there. Now just tell me ” goes a ponchinha ? ”
This is another example of the Portuguese influences from the world being used for gastronomic purposes. Poncha made with Aguardente de Cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, lemon rind and with different fruit juices according to the version of Poncha, but traditionally lemon juice is used. The use of sugar cane products (refined sugar and sugar cane rum) became a new world phenomenon after the Discovery of Brazil. The sugar cane rum replaced grape must brandy in spirits used for culinary purposes. Most importantly, the main ingredient in the confection of sweets and desserts became refined sugar instead of honey. They would last much longer and the recipes were much more versatile with sugar, because of its ability to produce the several candy stages.
How to make “”
If you have tasted this wonderful ” mix” and was homesick , why not venture out to try and give to your friends ?
• 1/4L of brandy cane sugar
• 3-5 tablespoons of honey
• juice of 2 lemons
Squeeze the lemons and pour the lemon juice in a jar with honey .
With ” caralhinho ” ( the stick to stir – typical Madeira ) stir everything well .
Add some sugar cane spirits and stir again .
Re- add the rest of sugar cane spirits .
Stir everything well again.
Add more honey or brandy, depending on your taste .
Serve in small cups .
There is another version of this drink with orange to sweeten more . Just for that, add juice of 1 orange in this recipe presented.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poncha
Taberna da Poncha – Serra de Agua – Ribeira Brava
Friendly and rustic space, known by its poncha, the famous and traditional drink of Serra de Água, made of rum, orange juice and honey