Tamarind Cocktail Syrup & The Tamarind Margarita

Tamarind is a ripe pod-like fruit that comes from the African Tamarind tree. It is most often sold in the form of a thick sticky paste or concentrate.  Tamarind has an amazing sweet and sour taste with bright acidity and lots of citrus characteristics.  When made into syrup it’s a wonderful drink mixer and makes one of the best Margaritas that we’ve ever had. It might take a bit of shopping to find Tamarind paste, but is well worth the hunt. It can most often be found in Asian grocery stores, at Whole Foods or easily online from a multitude of sources. The following is a recipe for Tamarind Cocktail Syrup.

Tamarind Syrup

  • Two Cups of Water to a Boil
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 8 Ounces of Tamarind Paste

Bring water to a boil, add sugar & Tamarind Paste, stirring to break up the paste.  Simmer for 5 minutes or until reduced by a third.  Let cool and have the paste steep in the process.  Use a fine sieve to strain the cooled Tamarind Syrup.  Store in a sterile bottle and keep refrigerated it’ll keep for 2 weeks.

This syrup has a nice pucker from the Tamarind and enough sweetness to counterbalance it.

Tamarind Margarita

  • 2 Ounces Good Blanco Tequila
  • 1 Ounce Tamarind Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup

Combine the above into a shaker, fill with ice.  Shake and serve up in a Chilled Martini Saucer Rimmed in Chili Powder.  Garnish with a Wedge of Lime.  There is a really nice balance of tart and sweet that is contrasted by the savory Chili Powder accent. This drink is amazing!

 Now that you’ve got yourself some handy Tamarind Syrup, here’s a few more delicious ideas on how to utilize it before your 2 weeks are up!

Mix 1 Ounce Tamarind Syrup with 2 Ounces of Vodka and a squeeze of Lime for a Tamarind Gimlet.

Add 1 Ounce of Tamarind Syrup to your Favorite Gin and Tonic for a Sweet & Sour Twist.

Mix 2 Ounces of Tamarind Syrup with 11/2 Ounces of Rye in a Rocks Glass for a Sweet & Spicy Whiskey Sour (Top with a Splash of Soda)

Mix 2 Ounces of Tamarind Syrup in a tall glass with club soda for a Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Soda.