Every region has its traditional thirst quenchers, right? For example, in and around New Delhi, thandaai and shikanji are favourites during the summer months. Similarly, in Tamilnadu, our favourite thirst quenchers are neer more and paanagam. In fact, starting with Rama Navami, these are even offered to God during the festivals and pujas that occur during the peak summer months.
Paanagam is diluted jaggery syrup spiced with dry ginger, cardamom and clove powders, and topped with lemon juice. Neer more is buttermilk, with a dash of ground green chillies and ginger and garnished with finely chopped coriander and curry leaves.
You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. Try making them at home. Jugs of these will vanish in a jiffy!