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Agua de Tamarindo

  • Author: Mirna Pena
  • Prep Time: 4-12 hours
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Total Time: 4-12 hours
  • Yield: 4 (8 oz ea) Servings 1x


Tamarind juice is super refreshing! With an earthy, sweet, and sour taste, this is great over ice on a hot day. Tamarind also has so many health benefits that make it even more satisfying to drink.


  • 810 tamarind pods
  • 4 cups of  water
  • ⅓ cup of sugar


  1. Remove the outer shell from the pod and discard it.
  2. Soak the tamarind strips in a bowl with 2 cups of water.
  3. Soak for a minimum of 4 hours, overnight would be best.
  4. In the same bowl with the soaking water, release the pulp from the seeds by squishing the pods, using the soaking water to help with the removal.
  5. The soaking water will begin to thicken with the pulp.
  6. Add 1 cup of water to the bowl with the pulp and mix.
  7. Strain the pulp from the seeds with a strainer over another clean bowl.
  8. Take the seeds from the strainer and put them back into the original bowl and add 2 cups of water.
  9. Again, using your hands really “clean” the seeds one last time and put them through the strainer over the 2nd bowl with your liquid.
  10. Discard the seeds and veins left int he strainer.
  11. Sweeten the liquid with 1/3 cup of sugar. You can start with 1/4 cups sugar and increase to taste.
  12. Serve over a glass with ice.
  13. Enjoy!


  • You can also boil the pods instead of soaking for a long period by boiling the 2 cups of water, turn off the heat, and let the pods soak in the hot water for 1.5-2 hours.
  • Store in a jug or jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • You can use your favorite sugar substitute. Adjust measurements per the sugar conversions instructions on the package.


  • Serving Size: 8 oz
  • Calories: 74
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 9mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g