What Is Tamarindo?

What Is Tamarindo?

Tamarindo is also known as agua de tamarindo. It is a non-alcoholic drink that is made from the ingredients of tamarind, sugar, and water.

Making a tamarindo drink is pretty simple, all you have to do is follow the simple instructions below. First, you will need to collect your ingredients. You will need 15 peeled tamarinds, which equates to around 200 grams.

You will also need 2 liters of water and ¾ of a cup of unrefined sugar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does Tamarindo Originate From?

Tamarind comes from a plant that has African roots. However, it gained popularity through global trade. It became very commonly used in Latin America in candy and things similar. It is very sweet while also feeling fresh.
The drink is mostly linked to tropical, warm climates due to this fresh and sweet taste.
In Mexico, where the Tamarindo drink is very popular, it is most commonly made in the tropical parts of the country – specifically the tropical west coast. 

What Is The Tamarind Fruit? 

Tamarind fruit is a bean-like pod that grows on a hardwood tree in Africa, India, and many tropical regions.
The pods are filled with seeds and pulp. When the pulp is ripe, it becomes juicy, sweet, and paste-like. Sometimes known as the ‘date of India’ tamarinds have been used in many things, specifically the tamarindo drink.

Uses Of The Tamarind Fruit?

The pulp of the tamarind fruit has been often used in cooking in many countries. It is used in chutneys, drinks, desserts, and sauces. You will find tamarind in Worcestershire sauce. It is often used for medicinal purposes due to the abundance of vitamins that the fruit contains.
It is also used to treat diarrhea, constipation, and fevers. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which it is used for. 

What are the Benefits Of The Tamarindo Drink? 

The tamarind pulp that the drink is made from is very full of flavor. It is also a great source of vitamins as it contains vitamins B, C, and E.
The fruit is also a great source of fiber. People drink the drink for many different medical reasons as well as for enjoyment. It works as both a laxative and a diuretic as well as contains antiseptic properties. It is a great aid in losing weight. 

How To Make A Tamarindo Drink?

Making a tamarindo drink is pretty simple, all you have to do is follow the simple instructions below. First, you will need to collect your ingredients. You will need 15 peeled tamarinds, which equates to around 200 grams.
You will also need 2 liters of water and ¾ of a cup of unrefined sugar.
Ice should also be added to the drink. Follow these steps once you have all your ingredients: 
1. Cut the tamarinds. First, you should peel the tamarinds with scissors and remove the hard parts. You should then place them in water. 
2. Boil the tamarinds. Next, you should place the tamarinds in a liter of boiling water. Boil until they are very soft and the pulp is loose. This should take around 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Allow the tamarinds to cool. Leave the tamarinds to cool down for a few minutes. 
4. Crush the tamarinds. Next, you should crush the tamarinds so that all the pulp is removed. You should remove the seeds and the remaining bones at this stage. Place the pulp in a blender and blend the whole mixture with the sugar. Strain this mixture bit by bit. 
5. Add the water and serve the drink. You should serve the drink with lots of ice so that it is cold and refreshing.
Remember, if you prefer the mixture more diluted than this, you can always add some more water. If you wish to make it sweeter, add more sugar.

Remember, if you prefer the mixture more diluted than this, you can always add some more water. If you wish to make it sweeter, add more sugar.

Tips And Tricks 

Tips And Tricks 

There are many different ways of sweetening the tamarindo drink. As many people watch their sugar intake, some may not wish to add too much sugar to their tamarindo.

In this case, there are many substitutes to consider. You can use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or syrup as an alternative.

These substitutes will change the taste of the drink so it may be a matter of trying a few different ways of making the drink and seeing which you prefer. 

You can also mix other fruits in with the agua de tamarindo as it goes very well alongside other flavors. For instance, it is commonly made with pineapple which makes it even fresher and more refreshing.

Adding lemon juice is also a great way to change up the flavors. Mixing up your tamarindo a couple of days prior to when you plan to enjoy the drink is a good idea.

Mix it up, place it in the fridge for a couple of days and enjoy it when you are ready! The flavors will settle in this time and it will be a very tasteful and refreshing drink.

If you are doing this, ensure that you stir the drink before you taste it as some of the pulp may have sunk to the bottom of the jar. In fact, you should always stir the drink, even if it has only just been made.

Also, remember to always enjoy the drink chilled! Keep it in the fridge and add ice cubes where needed for maximum enjoyment! 

Making It Alcoholic 

Tamarindo is a great, refreshing non-alcoholic drink. However, when you are on holiday or relaxing by the sea, you may want to make your drink an alcoholic one! You can easily make your tamarindo into a tasty and refreshing cocktail.

Simply add some tequila, vodka, or mezcal to your drink, and voila! Ensure that you are balancing out the flavors to make sure the drink still tastes just as delicious. 

Conclusion

Agua de tamarindo is a very popular non-alcoholic drink that is made from sugar, water, and tamarind. It is very popular in tropical regions and it is a great way to stay hydrated with a refreshing and tasty twist.

Now that you have read this article you know how to best make the drink, and the best ways to enjoy it. You even have the option of turning this beverage into a cocktail if you fancy it!

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