|Served||On the rocks; poured over ice|
|Standard garnish||sugar cane, lime (ingredient)|
|Standard drinkware||Old fashioned glass|
|Commonly used ingredients|
|Preparation||Place lemon rind and sugar into old fashioned glass and muddle (mash the two ingredients together using a 'mexelote' or a wooden spoon). Fill the glass with ice and add the aguardente de cana and lemon juice.|
|Notes||A wide variety of fresh fruits can be used in place of lime.|
Poncha is a traditional alcoholic drink from the island of Madeira, made with aguardente de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, and either orange juice or lemon juice. Some varieties include other fruit juices.
It is said in Madeira that poncha cures the common cold and people are encouraged to drink it if they have cold-like symptoms. It is a strong alcoholic drink. People from Madeira tend to point this out frequently to tourists who visit the island.
The drink may be based on an Indian drink called pãnch/panch. In Hindi pãnch/panch means five and the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. This is also where the English drink punch originated from.