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Tamarind Martinis

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Tamarind, a common ingredient in Indian, Thai, and Mexican cuisines, adds an acidic, slightly tart flavor to food. The pulp is sold in cakes at ethnic markets and some large supermarkets. Use a fork or your hands to break up the paste and separate it from the seeds before straining. If you make these martinis ahead, be sure to shake the drink in a martini shaker or stir it with the crushed ice just before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 4 ounces unsweetened tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • Crushed ice
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 146
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.4 g
  • carbohydrate 21.7 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.3 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 2 1/2 cups boiling water and tamarind in a large bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Break tamarind into small pieces; let stand 5 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring once. Cool. Combine tamarind liquid, sugar syrup, vodka, and juice in a pitcher, stirring well. Add crushed ice; stir or shake well. Garnish rims of 8 martini glasses with sugar, if desired. Strain chilled martini mixture into prepared glasses; garnish with lime wedges, if desired.