Tart-Sweet Tamarind Drink

Tart-Sweet Tamarind Drink Recipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower
We call for tamarind pulp here, but it is sometimes deceptively labeled as tamarind paste. When shopping, make sure what you are getting contains the fiber and seeds--see Note below. For an extra-special touch, sugar the rim of the glass.


Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)
Total time: 27 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 5 Minutes
Total: 27 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 86
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.1 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 22.4 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 8 mg
Calcium 2 mg


7 1/2 cups cold water, divided
4 ounces tamarind pulp, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
Lime slices (optional)


1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Combine boiling water and tamarind pulp in a bowl; mash with a fork. Let stand 10 minutes. Mash tamarind again. Press through a sieve into a bowl, pressing pulp firmly against the sieve to extract all liquid. Discard solids.

2. Combine tamarind liquid and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until liquid thickens slightly. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

3. Combine tamarind syrup with remaining 6 cups water in a large pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices, if desired.

Note: Look for blocks of tamarind pulp in Asian markets; it keeps a long time in the fridge when well sealed. Avoid tamarind paste that's sold in tins or jars; it often has a metallic taste.