How to prepare a tastier “Poncha” the most famous Madeira drink!

When you visit Madeira you cannot leave the Island without tasting the most traditional drink – The Poncha.

Although there are several versions of this drink nowadays, the traditional Poncha is the most appreciated and can be found a bit everywhere in Madeira.

Before leaving Madeira, if you can’t find it at your place, you must not forget to buy two important items – a bottle of Sugar Cane Rum and the “mexelhote” or “pau da Poncha” which is a traditional handmade wood mixer. Both of these can be easily found in almost all local shops and supermarkets.

See below the recipe and surprise your friends back home with the best souvenir you can offer them.

By Koshelyev [CC BY-SA 3.0  (  from Wikimedia Commons

Ingredients (4 Persons)

  • 125 ml of honey
  • 125 ml lemon juice
  • 250 ml of sugar cane rum
  • 1/2 orange (Optional)


  1. Pour the fresh lemon juice and the honey in a jar
  2. Mix using the “pau da Poncha”
  3. Add the sugar cane rum
  4. Mix again using the “pau da Poncha”
  5. Add ice cubes or keep it in the cold.
  6. Adjust the ingredients for a more or less sweet or strong taste.



Muthu Raga Madeira Hotel provides all the comfort and well-being of a newly refurbished hotel that has earned a worthy reputation for welcoming visitors to the island. All of its rooms have balconies offering breathtaking views, while its broad range of facilities promises to make your stay a pleasant one. A dip in the swimming pool or a refreshing drink by the pool before heading out to explore the rest of Madeira are just some of the enticements we offer.

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