Panakam Lemon Twist Con Agave

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Panakam Lemon Twist Con Agave knows a cool drink when they drink one – I mean cool as in awesome or refreshing – Panakam, supposedly Rama’s thirst quencher during his years of exile is a popular summer drink. I am sure, as with all other foods and drinks, there are plenty of different ways to skin this cat.  AS ALWAYS, I follow my tongue and the tastes buds that lie within to guide me with the recipe – While I did not deviate too far from the standard recipe for Panakam, I tried something new, especially because I intend to send it for a Virtual Party :-)

A special not on Panakam – Other than forever reserving its place in the annals of Hindu Mythology, this truly is the one drink that can take care of ALL your cravings at one go – sweet, sour, salt and spice -which the ginger takes care of – What a splendid drink – Thank you RAMA – You showed good taste in your beverage :-)

With dark brown sugar

with jaggery

Ingredients to make for 6 – 8 drinks depending of your requirement for sweetness)
6 cups of water or 8 if you like less sweet)
1 cup of Jaggery (or dark brown sugar)
1 table spoon of grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon of powdered cardamom
1 tablespoon of lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of Agave Nectar (this is just to add a flavor – the drink will taste just as good, if you cannot find agave to use)
A sprig of mint to float on top

Pictures of ingredients


In a blender blend all the ingredients. The drink will either be a yellowish drink or a darker brown drink depending on 3 variables – the color of the jaggery mine was yellow as you can see) or brown if it is dark jaggery or dark brown sugar like picture above

pour in a clear container

Chill and serve with a sprig of mint on top  – If you want to get all cocktaily with it, glaze the rim of your glass with the salt rather than putting it in the blend and sip away
No umbrellas no fuss for this drink, but the taste is matchless – simply divine :-)


Posted on

November 15, 2010


  1. lovely…refreshing drink!!


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