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.
- 8–10 tamarind pods
- 4 cups of water
- ⅓ cup of sugar
- Remove the outer shell from the pod and discard it.
- Soak the tamarind strips in a bowl with 2 cups of water.
- Soak for a minimum of 4 hours, overnight would be best.
- 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.
- The soaking water will begin to thicken with the pulp.
- Add 1 cup of water to the bowl with the pulp and mix.
- Strain the pulp from the seeds with a strainer over another clean bowl.
- Take the seeds from the strainer and put them back into the original bowl and add 2 cups of water.
- Again, using your hands really “clean” the seeds one last time and put them through the strainer over the 2nd bowl with your liquid.
- Discard the seeds and veins left int he strainer.
- Sweeten the liquid with 1/3 cup of sugar. You can start with 1/4 cups sugar and increase to taste.
- Serve over a glass with ice.
- 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