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Agua de Tamarindo With Lime Wheel

Agua de Tamarindo

$1.60 recipe | $0.18 serving
Made with just tamarind, sweetener, and water, this agua fresca is tart, sweet, and refreshing all at the same time. Make this drink for you and your family to understand just how delicious it is!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Rest time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Vegan
Servings 9 servings
Calories 75 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Pitcher or large mason jar

Ingredients
 

  • 18 dried tamarind pods ($1.25)
  • 9-12 cups water ($0.01)
  • ¾ cup grated piloncillo ($0.34)

Garnishes optional

  • Lime wedges

Instructions
 

  • First, prepare the tamarind pods by removing the outer shell and as many of the fibrous strings as you can manage (it's easiest to pull them from one end downwards along the length of the pod).
  • Then, bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large pot. Once boiling, add in the peeled tamarind. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off, then let the water cool to room temperature, about 60-90 minutes.
  • Once the water has cooled, separate the sticky paste from the seeds in the pot. Discard the hard seeds and any more strings.
  • Add the tamarind paste and cooking water to your blender with ½ cup grated piloncillo (or brown sugar). Blend on high until smooth, then taste and add the rest of the sweetener if you think it needs it.
  • Pour the tamarind mixture through a mesh strainer into a pitcher or large mason jar. Mix in the rest of the water to preference, then let your agua fresca chill for a few hours or serve immediately over ice with a lime wedge. Happy eating!

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Notes

  • Start with less sweetener and adjust to your preferences.
  • If you don't have piloncillo, substitute with equal parts brown sugar and 1 tbsp molasses.
  • Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
  • We calculate nutritional information for our recipes with Cronometer.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Agua de Tamarindo
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
75
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
12.4
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
12.6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
18.1
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
0.6
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
14.2
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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