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|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, orange/lemon juice and with different fruit juices according to the version of poncha, but traditionally lemon juice is used.
It is mixed together with a mixing tool created in Madeira officially called a mexelote but more commonly known as a caralhinho (little cock), which is in fact a type of muddler. Caipirinha is based on poncha.
It is said in Madeira that poncha cures the common cold and people are encouraged to drink it if they have cold-like symptoms. While this drink tastes quite sweet and juice-like, beware, as it is quite strong. 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 In Hindi pãnch/panch means five and the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.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.
- Ehrlich, Richard (2002-10-20). "My Round: Madeira mixes things with the best". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2018-12-18.