This Tamarind Tea (Agua de Tamarindo) is rich in antioxidants and made with three ingredients: tamarind pods, water and sugar.
I grew up on this drink - anytime we had a birthday party or a special celebration, Agua de Tamarindo was served. Even though tamarind originated in Africa, it is used prevalently in India and Latin American countries like Mexico. Mexicans even make candy out of this stuff!
I found tamarind pods at my local Mexican supermarket, although they usually sell them in the ethnic food sections of your grocery store. You can also buy them on amazon. Once you make this, you will start to make it weekly in your household. I always have a jar of it in my refrigerator and it is so refreshing whenever you need a nice drink.
How to make Tamarind Tea (Agua de Tamarindo)
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and while you are waiting for the water to boil, prepare the tamarind pods by cracking them open and removing the shell and the strings.
When the water comes to a boil immediately remove it from the heat and place the soft tamarind and the sugar in the water. Give it a good stir and then let it soak for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
When the water cools down, strain the water into another bowl. Squeeze out the hard tamarind seeds and remove any remaining seeds and toss.
Place the filtered liquid and the remaining “good” pulp from the strainer into a blender and blend until smooth. Feel free to strain the liquid again or leave it pull, as you desire.
Pour the water into a jar, add 4 more cups of cold water, and refrigerate. Serve over ice.