Agua de Panela con Jengibre (Sugar Cane and Ginger Drink)

by Erica Dinho on February 7, 2014

Agua de Panela con Jengibre (Sugar Cane and Ginger Drink)

Aguapanela or Agua de Panela literally translates in English to “panela water” and is a traditional and popular Colombian drink. It is served hot or cold, is used as a base to make coffee and hot chocolate, and is mixed with lime juice or other ingredients as medicine for the flu. Cold Aguapanela with lime juice is great on hot summer days.

I am not a huge fan of plain aguapanela, but I love it when it’s mixed with lime juice. My grandmother and mom made it for us when we had colds, it was very comforting and absolutely delicious!

Agua de Panela con Jengibre (Sugar Cane and Ginger Drink)

This Agua de Panela con Jengibre is another popular combination in Colombian homes. It is very soothing and perfect on chilly winter days.

This popular drink is made with Panela, a product that is made with sugarcane. It is brown in color, sold in blocks or grated, and the flavor is very sweet, similar to brown sugar.

Agua de Panela con Jengibre (Sugar Cane and Ginger Drink)

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 5 cups water, or to your taste
  • 2 cups or 16 oz, grated or in chunks
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger


  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanna February 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

This sounds tasty! I wonder if it would make a good drink for morning sickness too (my current battle) given the ginger part.


2 Joanne February 8, 2014 at 7:27 AM

I just know I would love the ginger in this!


3 Mayito Castillo February 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Puedo decir como Colombiana que soy que es lo mas rico en bebidas. Fria, o caliente sabe delicioso, y si es con jengibrese mucho mejor! se las recomiendo.


4 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

It sounds very tasty!


5 Nora February 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Esta receta es buenísima para el resfriado: pruébalo cuando te está empezando la maluquera, lo tomas en la noche y amaneces como nueva.


6 grace February 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

what an interesting and refreshing drink! you provide the most outstanding recipes!


7 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes & Me! February 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Definitely a great that ginger…


8 Paul February 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Try this: place a few ice cubes in a tall glass. Add 1 ounce dark rum, 2 ounces agua panela, and 3 ounces club soda (more or less to taste). Delicious! Seems like a good drink when the wetaher warms up, too.


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