Agua de Tamarindo

The sweet and tart Agua de Tamarindo is a popular drink at taquerias and can be made using tamarind pulp, which is sold frozen at Latin and Asian markets.


  • 1 pound

    tamarind pulp

  • 13 cups

    water, divided

  • 1/2 cup

    superfine sugar

Print Recipe

Serves 8



  1. Combine tamarind and 10 cups water in medium-sized pot and bring to boil.  

  2. Simmer briskly, stirring often and mashing pulp with back of a spoon until it breaks down, about 15 minutes. 

  3. Remove from heat and let tamarind steep 2 hours.

  4. Strain mixture through fine-mesh sieve, pressing solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

  5. Transfer tamarind mixture to pitcher. 

  6. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. 

  7. Add additional 3 cups of water and refrigerate until well chilled.

  8. Serve over ice.


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