Boozy Panaka Punch

By • November 3, 2011 • 16 Comments



Author Notes: I created a fun fizzy virgin version of Panakam , a 3000 (yep, 30 centuries) yr old drink that is still made in Homes & Temples in South India, primarily as a reaction to the head notes included in Madhur Jaffrey's book World vegetarian (listed as 'extinct, -- if you don't believe me, check out P.644 of the book). The next natural progression to raise the indignant streak with traditional, 'upright' propah South Indians world wide, would of course be to boozify it.. (I've 'Panfusined' my way thru a lot of their dishes, time now to tackle their beverages!). And 'boozify' it I did. Went down many iterations, some of which went happily down my hatch, others that did not. This final version, I sent off to to a spicy cocktail competition judged by Kara Newman, and she loved it well enough to pick it as the winner. Panfusine

Makes one 6 oz serving, can be multiplied for more!

  • 1 ounce Chilled Lemon flavored Vodka
  • 2 ounces Chilled Domain de Canton Ginger liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • 2-3 pods Cardamom (seeds lightly crushed)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 3 ounces chilled sparkling water or lime flavored seltzer
  1. Muddle the brown sugar, cardamom seeds, ginger powder and lime juice till the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the vodka and ginger liqueur along with the seltzer/sparkling water. Strain into glasses (rimmed with sugar if desired) & serve chilled. Feel free to adjust the vodka as per your personal preference.
  3. Alternatively, if your spirits are at room temperature, you may add the vodka & ginger liqueur into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice along with the muddled sugar n' spice. Shake well & then add the sparkling water & seltzer. Strain into glasses & serve.
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over 2 years ago lapadia

Congratulations on your win!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks lapadia!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! This sounds delicious and I bet it really "packs a punch!" (Okay... I know it was a bad pun, but I just couldn't help myself!)

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks HLA! yep, definitely 'punchy', Cdn't resist quaffing down the drink I made up for taking the picture!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks HLA! yep, definitely 'punchy', I Cdn't resist quaffing down the drink I made up for taking the picture!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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oh my gosh, sounds unbelievably delicious!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

thanks mrslarkin!

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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

Yum! Can easily see why this was a winner!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks Lori.. Of course Kara Newman made it look AWESOME with her gorgeous pictures. http://karanewman.wordpress...

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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This is wonderful and congratulations on the spicy cocktail competition win, I have Madhur Jeffries cookbook I will check it out. Really fantastic punch!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks Sdebrango! & the unfortunate part is that she got the recipe all wrong in the book, Hard to believe that she'd never come across a single person from the bottom half of the country! making panaka is one of the first thing kids of my generation in the community were entrusted with while cooking.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I can't believe she got it wrong, wow! Even the great lady herself can be wrong. Anyway, love your recipe, sounds really good and perfect holiday punch, spicy, boozy,sparkly...yummy!!

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over 2 years ago wssmom

This sounds delightful!!!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks wssmom!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Thanks Meganvt01.. Yep.. the ginger tends to really 'warm' up the drink with its spiciness!

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over 2 years ago meganvt01

Yum, this looks great. I bet the spices here warm you up even if it is served chilled!