Tamarind-Lime Cooler

By • April 22, 2010 • 6 Comments

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Author Notes: I drank many a tamarind soda during hot childhood summers in Mexico, and created this much-less-sweet version with lime and agave nectar. The salty-spicy rim offsets these flavors and makes them shine. A tip: it's easier to squeeze limes, and they express more juice, if they're at room temp; also try rolling them on the counter first. Oh, and some tequila could slip in here, too...gluttonforlife

Serves 6


  • 3/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cups agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
  • seltzer
  • Chile Salt

Chile Salt

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  1. Combine lime juice, agave nectar and tamarind in a small saucepan. Whisk together over low heat, just to combine; about 2 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and chill.
  2. Stir the salt, sugar and chile powder together to combine well and mound on a small plate.
  3. Rub a juicy piece of lime around the rim of 6 glasses. Dip the rims into the Chile Salt to coat well. Fill the glasses with plenty of ice. Add 1/4 cup of the syrup to each glass and top off with seltzer. Stir well and garnish with a slice of lime.
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over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Oh, YUM.


over 4 years ago testkitchenette

Drinking this while imagining that I am at the beach may be in order this weekend!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

This sounds sooo wonderful. A couple of years ago Bill Hamilton had a tamarind drink in his column "Stirred and Shaken" and I spent days trying to find tamarind. Now it seems to be readily available and I will find it and make this drink...the tequila version!


over 4 years ago gluttonforlife

You can also make this using the tamarind paste (with the seeds still in it), but the concentrate (in a little jar) saves some time and tastes quite good.


over 4 years ago gluttonforlife

I'll have to come see you in Guadalajara one of these days--I need to eat posole, drink tamarindo and gorge myself on cajeta!! I was just thinking that the flavor of my agave nectar reminded me of the pirulí candies I used to eat there...


over 4 years ago wanderash

Oh my god gluttonforlife! I knew I liked your style- I am perfecting my tamarind cooler as we speak- chili salt and all. I think we are meant to have drinks together one day!