Refresco de Tamarindo or Tamarind fresh water is a delicious way to hydrate all year long. It's cool, refreshing, and loaded with bright fruit flavors!
Servings: 6 Servings
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pound ripe tamarind pods
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.
Allow the simple syrup to cool completely and set aside.
Shell and devein tamarind pods.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine tamarind and 3 cups of the water.
Bring to a simmer, stirring and mashing with the back of a spoon until softened and mixture is thickened. The flesh at this point has mostly peeled from the seeds.
Set a fine-mesh sieve over a pitcher. Place tamarind pulp in the sieve and slowly add the remaining 4 cups water, mashing with the back of the spoon to extract any remaining pulp. Strain and discard seeds.
Sweeten the tamarind water with simple syrup to taste and stir well. Serve over ice.
- Use ripe tamarind pods, not the green ones used for sinigang.
- Stir the drink before serving to redistribute any solids that might have settled at the bottom.
Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg