Tamarind Martinis

Tamarind Martinis Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
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.

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

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Nutritional 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

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)

Preparation

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.

Note:

Julianna Grimes,

May 2008
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