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Get in the Spirit


Madeira has so many wonderful sights, experiences and tastes to offer. Here is a recipe for the local adult beverage that will whet your appetite to visit Madeira!



Madeiran Punch, or Poncha, is one of the most famous and traditional alcoholic drinks from Madeira. It is made with Aguardente (sugar cane brandy), honey, sugar, and lemon juice. It is most typically mixed together with a mixing tool called a mexelhote, also known as a caralhinho. The Madeiran Poncha inspired the creation of the famous Brazilian caipirinha. Easy to make and perfect to enjoy year-round.



  • 2 cups orange juice

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 1 cup sugar cane rum

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • lemon and orange peels


In a pitcher, muddle the lemon and orange peels with the sugar and honey (make sure honey is completely dissolved). Ideally you would use a “caralhinho” (see photo above) but a bar muddler will work as well.  


Add the fruit juices and rum


Stir well

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