Tamarind Martinis

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)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 146
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.7g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Calcium: 12mg

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. 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. 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.
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