With cooling temperatures and the holiday season just around the corner, The St. Regis Mexico City is pleased to offer a new festive cocktail – the Winter Martini – incorporating traditional Mexican Ponche and Gin. Ponche is a traditional beverage served in Mexican homes during Christmas, Las Posadas, and the New Year holiday; it can be served hot or cold and is often enjoyed with Gin, Vodka, or Rum. The Ponche used in The St. Regis Mexico City’s Winter Martini has been reimagined by Omar Hamud, the hotel’s mixologist, to be enjoyed in classic martini fashion.
Turn on heat to high. Add the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick to a large pot and begin to boil. When the water starts to boil, add the apples followed by the guavas and cook for five minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the cinnamon stick, and let Ponche cool before mixing into the cocktail.
Add the Gin and the cooled Ponche into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until blended. Serve in a chilled martini glass and decorate with smoked cinnamon.