Poncha is the fuel of Madeira, everywhere serves it and everyone drinks it. So deeply embedded is it in the culture of Madeira that it is a Protected Denomination of Origin – you can only get the real thing on Madeira. Hence this is mock poncha.
Blood oranges are also not typical of the real thing in the real place. However, in our order from fine produce purveyor Natoora we got some Sicilian blush oranges (as they squeamishly term them), along with some unwaxed Amalfi coast lemons, so we thought that would make a fine base for a pretend poncha. I liberated the emergency rum from Dani’s side of the bed, dusted off the blender, and off we went!