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Aguapanela

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Most people would scoff at the idea of drinking something hot in the summer. I disagree. For a long time many cultures have used heat to fight heat. And theres one drink in particular that I love.

Years ago when I was just an apprentice My friend and I would sit in his third floor kitchen with no AC and drink this south american concoction. Sweating it out ain’t so bad with good company and something sweet to drink.

Aguapanela is pure sugar cane. It can be used as a base for coffee and hot chocolate. I serve it plane with lime juice. It’s good any time of year. But to me it just seems like the right thing to do to serve it on a hot summer night.

Heres how you make it…..

Place 2 cups grated or chopped panela in a medium sauce pan with 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil……Image

Then reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Let cool (a little) and serve. Don’t forget to add the lime!!!!!!

-Ellen

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