Tamarind Agua Fresca (Agua de Tamarindo/Tamarind Water)
A delicious and refreshing drink that is easy to make!
Tamarind pods (about 1lb)
Sugar (white or brown)
Remove the tamarind shells and peel away the veins. Discard the veins and shells.
Place the peeled tamarind fruit in a medium saucepan with 4 cups of water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. (You can also soak the peeled tamarind for 2-3 hours instead of boiling.)
Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
Once the tamarind water is cool you can remove the seeds with your hands or pour the contents into a blender and pulse on low for about 3 seconds. The seeds should settle at the bottom of the blender.
Pour the tamarind pulp and tamarind water through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher or 8-cup container. Try to strain in as much pulp as possible as this holds the flavor.
Add the remaining 4 cups of water and sugar to taste, stir well and enjoy!
Optional: Add a splash of lime juice for a little extra freshness to your drink. You can use white or brown sugar, add a little, taste, and then add more until you reach your desired sweetness.