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Papelón con Limón-Menta

Author Notes: It is very odd to find actual lemons in Venezuela, so we refer to both lemons and limes as “limóns.” The name of this drink is “Papelón con Limón” but our rec (…more) —Magedda Arreaza

Food52 Review: I only used only 6 limes because this method yields lots of juice: http://www.chefheidifink.com/blog/thai/how-to-cut-and-juice-a-lime/ —Stephanie Bourgeois

Makes 4 to 5 cups

Miel de Papelon (Papelon Syrup)

  • 1cup cold water
  • 18 oz. piece of panela (you can get this at Latin grocery stores)
  1. Combine the panela with 1 cup of water in a medium pot.
  2. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the panela has dissolved. Then increase the heat to medium and bring a boil.
  3. Boil over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the syrup has reduced by about 1/3 and thick enough to a coat a spoon, about 10 to 15 minutes. (Keep an eye on it while it cooks; panela syrup is prone to spilling over very quickly.)
  4. When it’s as thick as the consistency of warm maple syrup, remove from the heat and let it rest until it cools completely. Store in a glass jar.
Papelón con Limón-Menta

  • 3cups cold water
  • 1/2cup miel de papelon (panela syrup)
  • 3/4cup lime juice (6 to 8 limes)
  • 1/4cup minced mint
  1. Cut limes in half and squeeze until you get approximately 3/4 cup of lime juice.
  2. Pour the lime juice into the pitcher, add the water, miel de papelon and stir, add mint and stir.
  3. Let stand for a while, I recommend 1 hour, to absorb the flavor of the mint, before serving. You can strain the mint out if you dislike the texture or, alternately, can also blend into the drink.
  4. Pour into a glass over ice and enjoy.

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