At work, we have these awesome tamarind sodas, but I'm watching what I eat right now, and they are insanely sugary and loaded with weird ingredients. I was craving one the other night, and instead of succumbing to the sugar demon, I decided to make my own with fresh ingredients and much less sugar.
Shell all the tamarind from one of thoes boxes. Mix the pulp with hot water, sugar, and a pinch of salt, and let it sit for an hour.
Press through a strainer to remove the pulp from the seeds.
Some of the pulp mixture in a cup with ice.
Lime and soda finishes it off. This drink is refreshing and delicious. I added a shot of vodka to mine!
Open one box of tamarind pods. Crack the shells and place all the flesh into a bowl. In a pot, heat up some water to a simmer. Pour the hot water over the tamarind only about half way up. Add 1/3 cup of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir this mixture every few minutes for the course of an hour. Pour the mixture into a mesh strainer over a bowl to collect the water and press the tamarind pulp through the strainer to remove the strings and seeds. Pour the tamarind water and pulp into a blender and blend smooth. To a cup with ice, add a few spoonfuls of the tamarind mixture, a squeeze of lime, and fill with soda water. Stir well and serve! Refreshing!