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What do you drink in Madeira? Poncha, of course!


by: Paula Ferreira22 November 2017, Wednesday

Poncha is a typical drink with its origins in the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos in the late 18th century. The fishermen mixed together alcohol, lemon and honey and drank the concoction before they went fishing to protect them from the flu and the cold.

Today Poncha is Madeira’s signature drink. The same ingredients are still used as the base for new flavours and tastes: whiskey, absinthe, vodka, and fruit of all sorts… you name it and it can be done! And as it was in the old days, it is still said to cure almost everything from hangovers to hair loss, although this is yet to be proved.


Because winter is here and one poncha a day keeps the doctor away here is one of the many recipes available:

  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. sugar or honey
  • 1 dl sugarcane rum
  • Quarter the lemon into a pitcher, pour in the sugar, and smash it well with a special wooden muddler called caralhinho (little cock).
  • Then add the rum and a little orange juice to mellow the mix, if you will. Stir some more and it is ready to serve as it is or with ice.




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Paula Ferreira

A Travel & Experiences in Madeira consultant, loves to travel and share those experiences. Knows like nobody all the fantastic innermost places in Madeira.


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