Mexican winter drinks – Ponche mexicano

ponche-navidenoThis warm winter beverage is a great option for the holiday season.  Ponche is usually served at Posadas in Mexico, starting on December 16th until Christmas Eve. Around these days, there’s lots of fun for all. Children enjoy their piñatas in star-shape and adults have this warm drink (maybe even with a shot of rum or brandy…. LOL!)

Ponche has lots vitamins, because of the fruits and it’s a healthy and delicious Mexican tradition. This recipe serves 10 people, so make it when you’re having a winter Salsa party. You can also keep it in the refrigerator for 7 days.


What do you need?


  • Ponche ingredients½ kilo of Tejocotes
  • ½ kilo of Guayabas (Guavas)
  • ¼ kilo of dried prunes or big raisins
  • 5 apples
  • 4 sugar cane sticks (if available)
  • ¼ kilo of peeled tamarind pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¾ kilo sugar
  • 100 grams of Piloncillo (raw cane sugar)
  • 50 grams of dried Jamaica flowers


How do you make Ponche?

First bring to a boil 5 liters or 10 cups of water in a big pan. Add the sugar, piloncillo and cinnamon when the water is boiling. In the meanwhile wash and cut the fruit. The tejocotes look like little apples and should be cut in half. The other fruit should be cut in 4 pieces. Peel the sugar cane (this is a little difficult) and cut in pieces of 15 centimeter.

First add the tejocotes and the sugar cane to the pan. Leave to boil for about 5 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes. Make sure to check that the apples aren’t over-cooked.

You can serve Ponche in big mugs and make sure to add a small piece of sugar cane to each serving.

Felices Fiestas!!!!


LELA the Pig helps patient with rheumatoide arthritis

LELA the Pig ( is always on the lookout for causes worth supporting. Many times we receive helpful suggestions from guests who visited us at Salsa and Salsa ( In September 2013 the Dancing Chefs found a cause closer by home, to be more precise: on the island of Cozumel! This month we did not collect donations for an organisation but for a woman who has chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Here is her story:
Lulu“My full name is Marie de Lourde Cienfuegos Lopez. I’m 43 years old. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I have received many treatments from anti-inflammatory medication, chemo therapy and inmuno suppressors. Currently I’m taking Arava-20mgs with an aproximate monthly cost of $1600 pesos. Apart of this I also take:
  • Meloxicam 15mgs
  • Cartigen NF
  • Calcort 6mg
  • Vitamins, collagen and calcium

Due to the fact that I’ve been sick for so many years, the arthritis has affected my knees. Therefore I have osteo arthritis now and in the long term I will need a prothesis in both knees. On daily basis my knees are painful and swollen. Currently I’m seeing a doctor in Cancun who applies laser and electro therapy to create a inter-articular space in my left knee. Afterwards he will inject plasma and tissue from knee to create a kind of cushion, so the bones won’t deteriorate any further. My leg will begin to regenerate and I will have more flexibility and movement. This treatment will take aproximately 5 months. 

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the people who have donated to LELA the Pig for their generous donation. Thanks to your help I will be able to continue with my treatment.


Maria de Lourdes Cienfuegos Lopez”


She also shared a short poem with us, which we translated from Spanish:

Salsa LelaSome people are like umbrellas,

that protect us from the storm.

Even when you’re far away,

their love will keep you warm.

When the world is cold and grey,

and it’s hard to finish the day,

It’s good to know that you are there.

It’s good to know that you care!


LOVE from Lela the Pig


LELA hits the road

Salsa LelaLELA (Lead, Encourage, Live and Act), the symbol of the altruistic side of the Salsa and Salsa tour, has recently turned 3 years old. She started a a little piggy bank at Salsa and Salsa in Mazatlan in 2010, filled with hope, positivity and love for the community. Since then LELA has collected over $30,000 USD for many organisations and charities world-wide and continues to touch the hearts of many guests who visit Salsa and Salsa in Mazatlan, Cozumel and Cabo San Lucas.

LELASalsa and Salsa also takes care of the communities, with charitable giving, which is awesome!” – Jonathan S.   South Carolina

We also gave to L.E.L.A. and paid it forward to help those in need!” – Heidi Bradshaw

They also have a program of donation to deserving organizations.” – Travelsalotindiana

 It was the perfect excursion: great staff and family-friendly – plus Salsa and Salsa even supports various charities.”  – Glenn F, Texas

Many guests who joined Salsa and Salsa and donated to LELA themselves, suggested their favorite charity to the Dancing Chefs. The simplicity of paying it forward has been the driving force behind this initiative. LELA has supported small and big charities alike.

Hands On NashvilleCozumel humane societyBack2Back

LELA has grown up and the time has come for her to discover the world. The Dancing Chefs are very proud and excited to announce that LELA will hoof out to discover unknown trails. During the last 3 years charities were embraced by LELA at 3 locations in Mexico, but now LELA will visit and help out your charity with the most amazing FUN-raiser you can think of. Yes… it’s true: the Dancing Chefs will hit the road and visit your location to with the #1 Tour from Mexico.

Do you need to spice up your charity dinner or event? The Dancing Chefs will teach everybody how fun cooking and dancing can be…. Salsa style! For more information and availability, send an email to

And finally…. one last big OLÉ!!!!!!!    🙂

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