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Tamarind Drink

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 310kcal


  • 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